Jared Bartels (1/17, Letters, “Educational ideologies”) suggests “progressive ideology” is at the root of several educational problems: “moral relativism” being taught versus “character education,” the “self-esteem movement,” and the teaching of evolutionary theory “as scientific fact.”
I wonder how many teachers actually teach “moral relativism” or accept “two plus two equals five” as “a good answer.” I imagine Mr. Bartels’ concern is unfounded. But I do agree with him on one point: Teaching evolutionary theory as fact is incorrect. Students should understand that a scientific theory is not a fact but a well-tested concept that explains a wide range of observations.
Evolutionary theory is so fundamental to the life sciences that in 2009, the Year of Science, the nation is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its publication and Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday.
Evolutionary theory is not “progressive ideology,” Mr. Bartels. It’s science.