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March 20, 2007

Theories Not to Be Questioned

Filed under: Education — olbroad @ 12:19

Oregon Biology Teacher Fired Over Bible References

During his eight days as a part-time high school biology teacher, Kris Helphinstine included Biblical references in material he provided to students and gave a PowerPoint presentation that made links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood.

I’m real curious how he connected the 3. Although…. 🙂

That was enough for the Sisters School Board, which fired the teacher Monday night for deviating from the curriculum on the theory of evolution.

“I think his performance was not just a little bit over the line,” board member Jeff Smith said. “It was a severe contradiction of what we trust teachers to do in our classrooms.”

Isn’t it interesting how a “theory” has become fact?

“Critical thinking is vital to scientific inquiry,” said Helphinstine, who has a master’s degree in science from Oregon State. “My whole purpose was to give accurate information and to get them thinking.”

Helphinstine said he did not teach the idea that God created the world. “I never taught creationism,” he said. “I know what it is, and I went out of my way not to teach it.”

Critical thinking evidently is a thing of the past. If it’s not in the liberal propaganda playbook, it’s not worthy of teaching.

“He took passages that had all kinds of Biblical references,” Rahm said. “It prevented her from learning what she needed to learn.”

Board members met with Helphinstine privately for about 90 minutes before the meeting. The teacher did not stay for the public portion.

“How many minds did he pollute?” Dan Harrison, the father of a student in Helphinstine’s class, said at the meeting. “It’s a thinly veiled attempt to hide his own agenda.”

A better question: How many minds have already been polluted by the public education system?

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3 Comments »

  1. He said “that he included the supplemental material to teach students about bias in sources.” I’d like to know more about what he means – it could be the difference between responsible teaching and indoctrination.

    The way it’s reported, I’ve gotta say that it doesn’t sound like he’s on real solid ground, but the question remains: Why do teachers like Jay Bennish & several from Fondy High get to keep their jobs, despite doing the left-wing equivalent?

    Comment by Calvin — March 20, 2007 @ 1:00

  2. Someday, hopefully, you will realize how silly this statement is: “Isn’t it interesting how a “theory” has become fact?”

    I feel the same way about your mis-use of theory as you would about someone who said “The Milky Way isn’t our universe, it’s a chocolate candy bar.”

    “Critical thinking is vital to scientific inquiry,”

    I can’t think of one reason why the Bible would be useful, other than to show what is (evolution) and isn’t (creationism) science.

    How many minds did he pollute?”

    That’s a pretty silly thing to say.

    Comment by Jayce — March 20, 2007 @ 1:04

  3. Why do teachers like Jay Bennish & several from Fondy High get to keep their jobs, despite doing the left-wing equivalent?

    What means this?

    Comment by Jayce — March 20, 2007 @ 1:06


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