[The Brazil Times nameplate] Mostly Cloudy ~ 58°F  
High: 58°F ~ Low: 45°F
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Area educator offers lecture to others

Friday, November 28, 2008

Recently, the Harbour Speaker Series continued its fall line-up with North Clay Middle School eighth-grade science teacher, Glen Gill.

Gill's lecture, "Teaching Critical Thinking -- A Look at Creation Science/ID in the Classroom" was given Monday.

"Gill looked at the process, the hurdles, and the approach to teaching a controversial topic while covering the Indiana Department of Education Standards and promoting an unbiased research process," sixth-grade North Clay Middle School, Language Arts teacher, Paul Harbour said.

Gill commented on how he encourages his students to choose one theory, Intelligent Design or Evolution, research that theory, become a mini-expert on the topic, and present a strong argument for their chosen theory.

He explained to the audience that most of the evidence and facts are used equally by both theories.

The topic of dinosaur remains that are found on the Himalayan Mountains was discussed. "He also covered the largely unknown fact that though humans and monkeys share 98.5 percentof the same DNA, the 1.5 percent of difference gives us over 250,000 different traits," Harbour said.

"He also touched on the fact that some of the missing links that were discovered actually turned out to be elaborate hoaxes."

The series, started by Harbour and Jennifer Mishler a seventh-grade English teacher at North Clay Middle School, is used as an in-service.

Teachers are required to complete a specific number of hours each year. The series provides teachers and other educators a chance to share their knowledge and passion for different topics.

"There were over twenty-five in attendance," Harbour said.

"The lecture was well received by everyone."

The Speaker Series will resume in January or February of 2009. Future speakers will be announced as they become available.


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Hi all,

Many agree that faith and science can coexist beautifully. However, it should be noted that today's creationism/ID lobby is a political power base that happily deals in science hoaxes and promotes the astonishing biblical heresy of "accidentalism." You might enjoy this from today's Google News:

Intelligent Design Rules Out God's Sovereignty Over Chance

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?ar...

"What proponents of so-called intelligent design have cynically omitted in their polemic is that according to Biblical tradition, chance has always been considered God's choice as well."

-- Posted by Violetta Bloom on Fri, Nov 28, 2008, at 10:06 PM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: