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The Science Wars

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While Kevin Donnely’s prodigousness of output of education op-eds at times reaches diminishing marginal returns so that he gets much ado about nothing (ha! a Shakespeare allusion! my state high school education wasn’t too shoddy, now was it?), I think his latest piece on relativism in science education is worth a read.

Like Harry Clarke I think, for instance, that that the fact that the WA Science Curriculum endorses the following is just plain abysmal:

People from different backgrounds and cultures have different ways of experiencing and interpreting their environment, so there is a diversity of world views associated with science and scientific knowledge which should be welcomed, valued and respected. They [students] recognise that aspects of scientific knowledge are constructed from a particular gender or cultural perspective

Some leftish commentators express justified outrage at attempts to insinuate Creationism into the teaching of biology in schools but how is this any better? After all, Creationism too is the product of ‘people from different backgrounds and cultures who have different ways of experiencing and interpreting their environment’ so should this be part of the ‘diversity of world views associated with science and scientific knowledge which should be welcomed, valued and respected?’ Or is there one rule for the Christian Dreamtime and another for the Aboriginal Dreamtime (both in my view are equally ludicrous as examples of ‘scientific knowledge’ and have no place in the science class)?

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May 15, 2006 at 5:55 pm

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