Student editorial on evolution pulled by principal

A dispiriting story in the Roanoke Times on a student who’s opinion piece on evolution was pulled by the principle principal (amusing typo, Sarah). Brandon Creasy, who is a student at Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration wrote the article for the school magazine. The crux of his piece (printed in the Roanoke Times) is that:

So far, the theory of evolution by means of natural selection (which was Charles Darwin’s theory) has been shown to be the best explanation for the path evolution has taken life. And much of what Darwin and Wallace wrote about in their early work has been found to be incorrect, but the basic premise that evolution occurs through natural selection has not been disproved.

Creasy thinks the principal pulled the piece because he doesn’t believe in evolution. In response, Principal Kevin Bezy said:

The law gives the principal the responsibility to edit publications of the school … It is an important responsibility because the principal has to look out for the rights and sensitivities of all students … It didn’t present the theory with a sensitivity for those who hold other theories.”

An editorial pulled for only supporting evolution? I guess we like to leave Friday on a downer.

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One Response to Student editorial on evolution pulled by principal

  1. deborah conner says:

    Brandon is doing a brave thing, standing up for science in Franklin Co. It’s not the teachers, who are terrific. It’s the Virgil Good-ism of parts of the community, an intractability that has sometimes held others hostage. It’s very human, and something I hope we’ll evolve away from as the area opens up. On a topic targeted with similiar resistance, George Monbiot in the Guardian ( http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2008/12/09/a-beardful-of-bunkum/ )writes :

    In his fascinating book Carbon Detox, George Marshall argues that people are not persuaded by information. Our views are formed by the views of the people with whom we mix. Of the narratives that might penetrate these circles, we are more likely to listen to those which offer us some reward. A story which tells us that the world is cooking and that we’ll have to make sacrifices for the sake of future generations is less likely to be accepted than the more rewarding idea that climate change is a conspiracy hatched by scheming governments and venal scientists, and that strong, independent-minded people should unite to defend their freedoms. …

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