Parents rebel, school apologizes for teaching kids that evolution-doubters are trying to trick them

parent0929A social media campaign by Florida parents has forced a middle school to apologize after science teachers teaching evolution accused anyone who disagreed with them of lying.

According to News 6 in Orlando, parents got alarmed when students from Heritage Middle School in Volusia County brought home a class paper about the scientific process and the difference between a theory and a scientific law.

One part of the lesson, titled “Not Just a Theory,” was aimed squarely at figures children are generally taught to trust:

“Next time someone tells you evolution is just a theory, as a way of dismissing it, as if it’s just something someone guessed at, remember that they’re using the non-scientific meaning of the word. If that person is a teacher, a minister, or some other figure of authority, they should know better. In fact, they probably do and they are trying to mislead you.”

That didn’t go over well at home at all.

“The hair on the back of my neck went up,” parent Lisa McNeil told News 6.

Considering that “some other figure of authority” definitely includes parents, it’s easy to see why.

“It’s not so much the evolution aspect of it, it’s just the way they phrased those few sentences how they were kind of taking the rights away from the parents,” another parent, Jennifer Flinchum, explained to the station.

After word spread about the assignment on social media, the school recovered its senses.

Recently in 8th grade science assignment titled “Not just a theory,” was distributed in an attempt to address current science standards for differentiating scientific theory and scientific law. The reading does meet this criterion up until the last two sentences that state, “If that person is a teacher, or minister, or some other figure of authority, they should know better… In fact, they probably do, and are trying to mislead you.” Upon this coming to our knowledge, the lesson had been retracted. In fact, please know that we apologize for this resource being used and take comfort knowing that it will not be used again. At no time, is it our place to interfere with authorities of household beliefs …

According to News 6, the offensive wording was solely the work of three science teachers at the school, but that might not be much consolation to the parents involved.

“It does make me question what else they’re going to put in front of him for the rest of the year,” McNeil told the station.

Now, why would she feel like that?

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Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


35 thoughts on “Parents rebel, school apologizes for teaching kids that evolution-doubters are trying to trick them

  1. kazzer66 says:

    While I think that the ‘Theory of Evolution’ is the most likely explanation for the origin of man, it is still just a theory and has never been proven, and there are discrepancies that have not been adequately explained . So called ‘science’ teachers should really remember THAT fact.

    1. Rip Rogers says:

      Likely, your just out of it.

      1. Rip Rogers says:

        There is no science or math in heaven, God just thinks and things happen.
        Evolution is a lie.

        1. JoBee says:

          God created science and math. 🙂 He put the phenomenal in it.

          1. Rip Rogers says:

            He has never and will never use it.
            It is mere media for the secular man. It is a way for us to cope with things we no nothing about. The formulas and such that was created by man can be entirely different. It is just a method we learned to apply to our condition.
            Common Core is another way, not an efficient way, but a way.

          2. JoBee says:

            Rip Rogers, I know you mean well and I applaud your faith. But we must always check our facts so we can be more credible in the future.

            To begin with, 1 Peter 3:15 tells us:

            “…always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” The only way we be ready to give a defense, is by studying the Bible.

            That said:

            God indeed created Math: Job 38: 4-7
            “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
            Tell Me, if you have understanding.
            Who determined its measurements?
            Surely you know!
            Or who stretched the line upon it?
            To what were its foundations fastened?
            Or who laid its cornerstone,
            When the morning stars sang together,
            And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

            And He created Science: Job 38:31-33
            “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
            Or loose the belt of Orion?
            Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
            Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
            Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
            Can you set their dominion over the earth?”

          3. Rip Rogers says:

            It seems you are confused.

            This following scripture is about being ready to explain the HOPE you as a believer has; nothing about math or science.

            1 Peter 3:13-15
            And who is it that will harm you if you are enthusiastic to do right? Instead, you are happy, even if you should suffer for doing right. Never be afraid of their threats, and never be disturbed, but in your hearts be consecrated to Christ as Lord, and always be ready to make your defense to anyone who asks a reason for the hope you have.

            This passage is about talking about living with fellow believers BTW!
            “The Hope that is in me” is Jesus, not math, not science.

            The only way to defend yourself about things of the Bible is to understand what you have read. One must learn that the whole paragraph, chapter and book must be studied in total, not just
            bits and pieces.

            Job, says noting of math. You have proved nothing about God using Math or Science to lay the foundations’ of earth or the heavens.

            First off, you assume God is equal or less than man and have put him in a box. He does not have to saw wood, mix concrete, melt minerals into steel. He did not have to hire anyone to lay the foundation of the world! Trucks to pour concrete did not exist. “The Hope that is in me” is the hope of heaven, not math, not science.

            In the beginning, the earth was void!
            God/Jesus spoke or breathed words that made things come into existence. The word (Word) in original text was Rehma, which means ‘God Breathed’.

            Where did he get the measuring tape to layout the universe? Where did he get the stardust to make the stars? You are not ready to defend the reason you have hope.

            Thank you for gathering the scripture to verify my

            I say to you: Get knowledge, get wisdom and with all thy getting, get UNDERSTANDING and that only comes from Jesus.

          4. JoBee says:

            Okee dokee then. God speed.

    2. JoBee says:

      I do not believe in the Theory of Evolution one bit. I believe, completely in God and His power to create the universe. But I thank you for your intelligent, sarcastic free comment.

  2. Kenneth Clark says:

    Let’s have these three “Teachers” attempt to prove the Theory of Evolution by placing them in three different parts of the world and have them live alone in the Rain Forests and watch a primate for the rest of their natural lives to see if it “Evolves” onto human. I bet the other way around is what they will find…

    1. Doug says:

      Kenny,you can always be counted on to make at least one totally irrelevant and asinine remark per day.

      1. Rip Rogers says:

        And, you can always find the remarks worthy enough to remark about. We can see your face, even though you have a hoodie on.

  3. Friend Of St. Frank says:

    Darwin’s theory was disproved in all aspects in the 80s by a group of scientists world wide (actually headquartered in S. Carolina, I believe) who analyzed DNA of humans, chimps, and pre-human pre-chimp ancestors. This world wide study discovered many things.
    1. Humanity as a species is actually millions of years old.
    2. The first people were actually Asian not African as commonly believed.
    3. Humanity came about because of the inter-mixing of 2 pre-human, pre-chimp ancestors-not one, but two species intermixing.
    4. The outlier is not humans, but Chimps. The two ancestors had rather a lot more human characteristics than otherwise, so how did Chimps come about?

    Anyone remember Adam’s non-human first wife? I guess the Jews knew rather a lot more about science than these teachers. I am a scientist and so tired of these flat-earth, don’t know anything one-way singular pop-science idiots. What they spout is so out of date and they don’t bother to keep up with their field. Amazing.

    1. Rip Rogers says:

      You are kidding right? Prove to me you are not out of your mind?

    2. handsoff1944 says:

      While I do not think the Bible precludes evolution as a means God used for Creation, I make a huge distinction between the Darwinian progression and the results of Nucleic Acid Research and the rejection of Darwin and the restatement of evolution theory as Tree of Life. According to the research, mice and humans have more DNA in common than do humans and chimps/gorillas, who are not, cannot be ancestors of humans. According to the newest research, all life has similar core DNA and is differientiated in numbers and types of chromosomes, genes and the nucleic acid (DNA & RNA). All life, plant and animal and fungi have DNA. Even the scientists are somewhat confused about the complexity of even a single cell organism, which contains data on the order of beyond trillions to the 100th power. The source of life is beyond scientific observation and explanation. The Big Bang theory is more similar to God as Creator than any other theory and evolution is most definitely NOT “established” science. Science is a tool a process of observation and replication. Evolution cannot and has not been replicated. As an explanation of species, it is quite deficient, because it cannot explain how the species came into being. The fact that mice can be used to extrapolate billions of years because of their rapid reproduction, only shows that mice remain mice no matter what. Lines can terminate with introduction of disease and mutation, but they do not change. Science cannot prove nor disprove God or intelligent creation nor can it answer the ultimate questions Why are we here and why can we think, yearn for God or purpose, conceive of something outside of Nature? A nature we can only partially understand?

      1. Rip Rogers says:

        When that community can prove carbon dating can go beyond 100yrs with accuracy standing on its own, I will reevaluate.

        1. handsoff1944 says:

          Carbon dating has little to do with evolutionary evidence, hypothesis or timelines (billions of years-carbon dating does not establish that, no matter how hard they try, does not prove evolution). Common sense tells us that Darwin was a fraud, product of incest, low IQ plagarist and had nothing upon which to base his extrapolation of hybridization. The current “evolutionists” float a theory of common ancestry for all life, which is similar to and does not preclude but implicitly requires a Creator.
          The Hebrew word translated as day is not a 24 hr period. It is used as undefined time period more like “epoch”, which can be any period of time, which only applies to earth bound creatures.
          The only reason for the “carbon dating” argument of evolutionists, is the false premise that it would take billions of years to achieve enough mutations (which NEVER are positive changes, and usually terminal) to create all the species and develop the mind of man, which clearly exceeds any timeline to accomplish. The mind of man, which conceives of something beyond nature, is the most potent evidence that Darwin was wrong. Common ancestor and intelligent design is the Occam’s Razor probability. As Einstein said, things should be as simple as possible, but not simpler. (a restatement of Occam’s Razor)

    3. Doug says:

      Most citizens of South Carolina fit into that chimp and pre-chimp category.

      1. Rip Rogers says:

        Chimps, we are not talking about the WH.

  4. Rip Rogers says:

    End socialist government schools and stop our money from going to them now.
    Defund their retirement on OUR dollar.

  5. Hog Dog says:

    WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE, so call educators who are teaching JUNK science to our children an the public. Darwin’s ultimate conclusion about evolutionary progression was not a THEORY, it was HIS HYPOTHESIS. A hypothesis which has never been scientifically proven. Darwin’s theories and scientific conclusions about various plant and animal husbandry matters are good scientific conclusions, but, not his hypothesis about evolutionary progression. Darwin admitted as much and “hoped” or “believed” that someday his hypothesis might be scientifically established – he did not advocate his hypothesis as a scientific fact as God hating modern liberals advocate. NOW, in the later half of the 20th and I the 21st Century science has taken a different approach – I call it JUNK SCIENCE. They argued for years that, in their opinions and speculations, that “Lucy’s” skeletal remains was proof of the missing link between man and apes. OOPS, that turned out to be untrue – Lucy was just a chimpanzee. In the old days the scientific method was used to establish a scientific fact, now however, the test is whether enough idiots opine whether something is science or not. OPINION, INTERPRETATION and/or SPECULATION is NOT SCIENCE. Go figure? Where did these educators get their education, Marvel Comics?

    1. Kenneth Clark says:

      “Where did these educators get their education, Marvel Comics?”

      Sadly that depth of education would be far too much for them to grasp.

      1. Rip Rogers says:

        It is funny, the archaeologist get their information from the geological layers and the geologist get theirs from the report of he archaeologists.

        The two of them are in this deception together.

        Carbon dating is worthless beyond a few yrs.

    2. Rip Rogers says:

      Yes, it is Junk Science.

  6. Mary Brown says:

    Theory means unproven! Sure there are things pointing to the theory being correct but we do NOT have definitive proof to move it from theory to scientific law!

  7. tsigili says:

    Evolution is absolutely a theory…………..and the most recent evidence, says it is only partially applicable. The real truth is that various forms of species co-existed, rather than evolved.

    1. Doug says:

      Fred Flintstone had a dinosaur powered car.

      1. Rip Rogers says:

        The tire tracks are still found near dinosaurs along with feet in hollwood and Washington and Oregon. Some have reported bongs…

        Here in Texas, human foot prints are found right beside the dinosaurs. I doubt any would be found in NJ or NY.
        We, will let you know when you have evolved to the greatness of a Southerner.

        1. Rip Rogers says:

          Be sure to have your green screen when you travel to Mars.

    2. Rip Rogers says:

      They have done well at putting the wrong bones to the wrong animal and making movies of same.
      Hollywood is the backbone of evolution, all made up and without the green screen, what truth would they have.

      Evolution is presented in front of a green screen.

  8. These teachers ancestors may have swung around in trees. Mine did not.

    1. Rip Rogers says:

      Those teachers, have the funniest looking hands and feet.
      You remember the movie about the “FLY”…I wonder how many of them had the same experience with monkeys in that chamber….

  9. R Wing says:

    Ironic that I just had this discussion a few days ago. The teachers, it appears, are just trying to make the point that scientific theory means something different that the common use of the word theory. Scientific theory is based on facts. In science, first comes hypothesis, which is similar to the commons use of the word theory. Then comes theory, which is based on factual evidence, and is generally considered to be factual but can be updated as more evidence becomes available. Science deniers and creationists ignore that, and I understand why the teachers put those last two sentences in. Just reading the comments here, substantiates their beliefs.

    1. FedUpWithTheFeds says:

      Wrong. Here’s how the scientific method works, and why evolution is still a hypothesis and NOT a theory, let along a fact. 1) The Question(s), 2)Research, 3) Hypothesis, 4) Expiraments / tests, and 5) Analysis of test results.
      Evolution is still an hypothesis because it can NOT be tested. A theory is an hypothesis that has been rigorous testing, by many individuals, all following a repeatable exercise, and has THEN been generally accepted as an accurate explanation for the observation that caused the initial questioning.
      Children used to be taught this in public middle school but not even high schools teach this anymore because it shoots holes in evolution.
      A Real Biology / Chemistry Scientist

  10. RedCandy says:

    This teaching is like forcing an evolution/billions-of-years-belief religion on students. There is no science to prove any of it is true and should be taught as such if it is to be discussed at all. Change over time doesn’t count as a species changing into a different species. Why not leave it out of science lessons all together and teach pure science; science that is provable? To be fair, theories and beliefs about the origin of everything should probably be left to philosophy class. Science can be taught without the “non-scientific belief systems”. There is so much science out there that is being hidden or ridiculed because it doesn’t fall into the evolutionary dogma, or perish the thought, prove it untrue. Repeating something over and over again does not make it true…that is very unscientific. Truly scientific thinking questions everything.

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