Throughout this case, the other side has argued that this is a matter of “academic freedom” and that we should “teach the controversy.” Here’s a great article from the Guardian, co-authored by Jerry Coyne and Richard Dawkins, about why that argument just doesn’t hold water.
It sounds so reasonable, doesn’t it? Such a modest proposal. Why not teach “both sides” and let the children decide for themselves? As President Bush said, “You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes.” At first hearing, everything about the phrase “both sides” warms the heart of educators like ourselves.
…What is wrong with the apparently sweet reasonableness of “it is only fair to teach both sides”? The answer is simple. This is not a scientific controversy at all.
Read the entire pdf version of “One Side Can Be Wrong“
Thanks to Jerry Coyne for sending this along to us. We couldn’t have put it better!