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SA teacher "forced to quit" after teaching evolution.

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« on: March 07, 2012, 13:38:08 PM »

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A science teacher at an upmarket Cape Town school has found herself at odds with senior staff over her desire to teach evolution in science lessons.

"I explicitly put teaching natural selection on the syllabus for the year; I made a three week slot; I came with practical experiments they could do. What I discovered was, I was the only person teaching natural selection," said a science teacher at a Cape Town high school who spoke to News24 on condition of anonymity.

She said that the teachers in the school's science department were mainly Christian and that she was reprimanded over teaching the scientific concept.


Teaching scientific concepts in a science class, whod've thunk?
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2012, 13:41:15 PM »

Did they name the school?
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2012, 13:45:23 PM »

Nope, I'm sure that would've hindered her "condition of anonymity".
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2012, 13:49:00 PM »

Nope, I'm sure that would've hindered her "condition of anonymity".
I suppose so; I'm sure parents would like to know, though.  If the school is "upmarket" it's probably private, unless this is just the usual crap journalism from news24 who describe a rowing boat as a 'luxury yacht'.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2012, 14:01:07 PM »

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Parents who had been made aware of the teacher's lesson plans had apparently also told their children to dismiss the teacher's lessons. [...]

"One kid told me that his dad had already told him that he was to ignore everything that I said about evolution because it was a load of nonsense. The parents are preparing them to reject it."

Another one for ... laughs?

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"I met a Muslim Biology teacher who refused to teach evolution and I met a Christian Geography teacher who refused to teach plate tectonics.

She says about her new job:

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".. my life has got even more interesting now because I've joined a school that's a cult. They believe that their leader has insight and he believes that the entire solar system was created for human beings, and that animals and plants are the rejected parts of what would've been the human body that don't belong, and the last thing to be rejected was bacteria.

"And don't bother that the fossil record goes the other way round because he had these insights through his spiritual and meditative journeys. So now I find myself out of the frying pan into the fire."


.... the FUCK?!
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2012, 14:07:13 PM »

 Undecided I've been wondering when this fight would start in SA. I honestly had no idea just how bad it was until I read some of the comments. Scary stuff. Scarier people...
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2012, 15:44:16 PM »

.... the FUCK?!

jisses.  you dont say.  so bacteria is the fat kid of the animal world then?
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2012, 18:47:44 PM »

It's probably some private, independent school, because evolution is very explicitly in the syllabus of government schools. If it is a government school, the teacher needs but to lodge a complaint with the department of education.

Here's something in the article that struck me as very curious:

"...they know it is E=mc², it's not E=mc² plus baby Jesus," psychohistorian Auke Slotegraaf told News24."

Psychohistorian!? Who's been reading too much Asimov?

Slotegraaf is an astronomer. Perhaps he was pulling the journalist's leg. :-)
He is about my age, and when we were in our teens we were both members of the South African Astronomical Society. We briefly corresponded (the old-fashioned way, via handwritten letters). I doubt if he'll remember me, but I remember him well because of his unusual name. It was only a few months ago that I realized he eventually became an astronomer, when I saw his name on the web somewhere, and I was glad to see he had realized his boyhood dream. I turned out to be way too dumb in math to be an astronomer. :-)

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2012, 20:33:36 PM »


Perhaps he was pulling the journalist's leg. :-)

Or maybe not Wink

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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2012, 06:00:23 AM »


Perhaps he was pulling the journalist's leg. :-)

Or maybe not Wink

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Hmm, can't work out what that site is all about. They don't explain anywhere. But seems to me Slotegraaf was indeed perhaps pulling the journalist's leg. :-)
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2012, 08:14:51 AM »

He does have a forum account which may be helpful if you wish to contact him, but he hasn’t been active in more than three years.  The last time I corresponded with him was concerning a rebuttal to a YEC talk about Noah’s Flood given at Maties by Dr Emil Silvestru.

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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2012, 14:05:07 PM »

The Department for Basic Education should be able to take action against this school if they actually give a shit,I'm not sure of their jurisdiction over private schools though. These teachers actually go against the RSA educational constitution and the aims of the National Curriculum. Mainly the principle of

 "Active and critical learning: encouraging an active and critical approach to learning, rather than rote and uncritical learning of given truths"

The whole set of principles looks pretty encouraging on paper but how far it is implemented is another thing. If the school is following the SA curriculum, the new CAPS syllabus is actually policy not so it requires adherence rather than loose interpretation and in Geography at least, Plate tectonics is one of the modules that must be covered. Evolution is also  in the Gr 11 and Matric Life Sciences syllabus, so on top of everything these teachers are also disadvantaging the students further as they would be examined on these topics and wouldn't have covered them which also makes them professionally negligent.  WTF!!

I'd be taking this motherfuckers to an employment tribunal

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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2012, 16:48:25 PM »

The Department for Basic Education should be able to take action against this school if they actually give a shit,I'm not sure of their jurisdiction over private schools though. These teachers actually go against the RSA educational constitution and the aims of the National Curriculum. Mainly the principle of "Active and critical learning: encouraging an active and critical approach to learning, rather than rote and uncritical learning of given truths"

If it's an independent school they can probably do as they please, though I'm not sure.

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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2012, 20:21:41 PM »

The Department for Basic Education should be able to take action against this school if they actually give a shit,I'm not sure of their jurisdiction over private schools though. These teachers actually go against the RSA educational constitution and the aims of the National Curriculum. Mainly the principle of "Active and critical learning: encouraging an active and critical approach to learning, rather than rote and uncritical learning of given truths"

If it's an independent school they can probably do as they please, though I'm not sure.



Yeah but the thing is most syllabi/ syllabuses (?!) for subjects such as geography and life sciences have modules on "controversial" subjects it was that it said she "desired" and "planned" 3 weeks of it - so it must be off the grid and unaccountable to a certain extent. I'm not sure what the many eponymously named christian schools teach in their lessons- in fact I weep at the thought of it
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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2012, 07:57:07 AM »

I weep at the thought of it

And so you should, a very senior colleague of mine with a private catholic school education didnt know what helium was and why some balloons float and others dont....
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