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  • Religious absolutists determined to impose mythical creationism on captive school children present a serious threat to education.
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  • Religious absolutists determined to impose mythical creationism on captive school children present a serious threat to education.
    Children deserve an education grounded in reality, essential to which is an understanding of evidence-based science, including the theory of evolution through natural selection.
    Desperate to discredit evolution, biblical literalists deceptively confuse the scientific meaning of "theory" with common use of the word. A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of a natural phenomenon, based on a body of facts repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.
    As details of the evolutionary process emerge through advanced modeling techniques, awareness of our cosmic connection deepens. And questions concerning our stewardship of Earth's fragile biosphere become glaringly relevant.
    That's why today's students — tomorrow's leaders who will face complex environmental problems — must gain a comprehensive understanding of evolution, the central organizing principle of biology, geology and cosmology. Solutions to real-world problems lie in the real world, not in a mythical land.
    Schools have an obligation to teach real science. To promote creationism in a science class would breach that obligation and gravely disserve young students. — Marie Arvette, Medford
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