Friday, March 27, 2020
An Opposing View
The schools around here were closed last week, so this story is from the week before last, in the biology class.
This was the same day that I had to make that long hike across campus. The period before, second period, I showed that video to them about Darwin and Wallace.
Before I started the video, I passed out the video questions, and I read through them so they would know what to look out for as they watched the video.
From the back, I had a question. "What if you don't believe in the theory of evolution?"
I wish I could say that I made an impassioned plea to keep an open mind. I might have explained how scientific theories have to be rigorously tested before they gain general acceptance, and those studied in high school are pretty well recognized. I could have argued that it never hurts to study opposing viewpoints to make sure one's views are sound.
But from experience, I knew none of that would help in the moment.
I told Travis he had to do the assignment anyway.