Writer promotes ignorance
I am tired of The Star providing a forum for advocates of ignorance. Deborah Solomon (9/9, As I See It, “Values are missing from public school teaching”) offers: “My daughter was taught evolution (in a public school) from the viewpoint of an atheist.” This is ridiculous: Evolution does not take a position on the existence, works or abilities of God, period. There is nothing atheistic about it.
Solomon then says that her daughter dropped college English and psychology courses because she felt that the textbooks were pornographic. She doesn’t identify the books, so we can’t judge for ourselves, but having spent a great deal of time on college campuses during my careers, I find her claim incredible. We should trust the judgment of a college professor over Solomon’s willful ignorance.
The only “value” that Solomon demonstrates to be missing from public schools is the ignorance she champions. Bravo for the public schools. Fighting ignorance is a perfect use for our tax dollars. And, as for vouchers, we have too many ignorant adults like Solomon. Do we really want to make it easier for them to force their ignorance upon their children?
Julie L. Kramschuster
She’s wrong about values
I have read few items so insufferable as the piece titled “Values are missing from public school teaching,” contributed by Deborah Solomon.
Solomon confuses values with religious beliefs. She does not mention honesty, respect for others, hard work or tolerance (values), but writes about Genesis, Chapter 1, sexual abstinence, and school voucher programs.
It may be news to her, for instance, that evolution is taught in public school science classes because those teachers and administrators place a high “value” on scientific inquiry.
If the writer wants her children to be taught fundamentalist Christian tenets, then she should send them to a school that offers that curriculum. But her children will be indoctrinated, not educated.
My parents and my father-in-law were career teachers in public schools. I resent anyone saying they did not practice the highest values in their approach to education, their dedication to students and their professionalism.
Robert L. Thatch