Apparently, Biologos fully trusts the Huffington Post for its “news” reporting. This is unfortunate, given its highly misleading quote of a Connecticut school administrator. In its News and Events notice, it stated:
According to the school’s principal, evolution was a “philosophically unsatisfactory explanation for the diversity of life.”
If it had checked the source of the quote, it would have seen that the principal actually said:
While evolution is a robust scientific theory, it is a philosophically unsatisfactory explanation for the diversity of life.
I would think that Biologos might actually agree with the complete statement. Biologos also fails to state that the issues in Weston had to do with consideration of age appropriate teaching, sensitivity to parents and students, and a teacher with a history of insubordination.
If Biologos had checked the original source, it would have learned more about the other side to the story. Apparently, evolution is fully taught in Weston at many age levels in accordance with Connecticut standards. This issue related to a special course proposed by a teacher who had other issues. The superintendent said:
Evolution is taught in the curriculum and the issues require very thoughtful planning. This situation is related to him [Mr.Tangarone] and not the subject matter . . . such an attack by Mr. Tangarone is disappointing, but perhaps not surprising, since he was recently disciplined for unrelated issues concerning his attendance and insubordinate conduct.”
Regarding the teaching of evolution in Weston, one commenter said:
My high school biology teacher was openly anti-Creationist and didn’t suffer for it. I remember vividly on the day we started evolution, he/she said “So, are there any creationists in here? If so…automatic F!”
He added that “the whole class cracked up.” My guess is that perhaps not everyone thought it was so funny and that some of the laughter may have been of the “nervous” variety.
David Klinghoffer reported on another inaccuracy in the same notice.