So I did my Hindu thing for a while, and took some time to write another essay about race in America. I figure I should get back to my main topic: evolution and creationism. As I tend to do, I’m responding to something that happened several weeks ago.
I'd like to propose a grand bargain in which we teach creationism & ID alongside evolution but in philosophy of science class. #FaithAngle15
— EricaGrieder (@EricaGrieder) November 17, 2015
I’ve heard a variation of Grieder’s bargain before. Heck, I think some science organizations themselves have offered it. I understand why it sounds appealing: some parents want their children to learn creationism, and scientists don’t want it in science class. Teaching creationism outside of biology seems like a neat way to pacify everyone.
Unfortunately, Grieder’s position misdiagnoses the problem. It’s not that some parents want creationism in schools. It’s that they don’t want evolution. They want their children to hold an interpretation of the Bible that contradicts the theory of evolution. Keeping evolution as is, without watering it down in any way, will not make them happy.
As I’ve said before, my personal ideological leanings would grant parents a large degree of autonomy in these types of decisions. That stance coupled with the idea that evolution may not be that important leads me to a different grand bargain: parents who don’t want their kids to learn evolution should be allowed to substitute microbiology or human anatomy for those few weeks.