Thinking About Intelligent Design

Added Later: I am going to keep this up at the top for a day or two.

In the last few days a legislator in Utah has introduced a bill requiring ID to be taught, a zoo in Tulsa is being forced to create a creationist display and in Virginia a teacher has been passing out creationist propaganda for years. I should also mention this idea (via Red State Rabble) to help high schools in Kansas that teach evolution. But what about the students who are not taught about evolution?
I try to contribute to the Friday Ark on a regular basis and when I do I always try to include something on the evolutionary history of whatever organism I’m posting on. It occured to me, given the emphasis of computers and internet research in high schools, that this might be a way to go. I don’t mean we should all rush out and flood Modulator with posts about evolution. But maybe we could create a new “Evolution Ark” called something like “Transitions” where once or twice a week people could write up a post (with pictures and maybe links to a few places with more info) on the evolution of whatever critter they feel like. That way, high school students (and others) searching the net for info on animals, plants, etc will have a place to find out about evolution (and who knows some of those kids could be in schools that don’t teach evolution so this would be their first exposure to real science).

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11 Responses

  1. I try to do that with most of my posts. But it is a good idea to have a central location for links.

  2. I was thinking of something along the lines of a cross between the Friday Ark and the Tangled Bank. People could either send in links to their posts (like the Friday Ark) or they could submit a post (like the Tangled Bank).
    “The Tree of Life” might be a good name.

  3. That is a very neat idea. Thinking about the audience would be especially important here – many of the 8th graders I work with have trouble with reading comprehension and/or research skills. Most run into difficulty selecting appropriate online sources (they might bravely struggle through material written for academics, or rely on information that’s barely relevent). Often they end up like little profane medieval monks, copying information they hardly understand. . .
    Have to work on that next year . . .

    Some interactive-y things would be cool – reader submitted questions-of -the-week, a section for student work, etc. I think a number of school districts are blocking common blogging sortware – that’s something to consider.

    *Extremely* moderated comments, I would think . . .
    links to online game-like evolution sims . . .
    and good site design.

    Dan S.

  4. “Tree of Life” seems to be an overused phrase. Google gave me >1×10^6 hits for it!

    I have been submitting links to both the Friday Ark & the Tangled Bank. What’s the difference?

    Since the Tangled Bank is already there for the scientifically oriented posts, you may want to be unique without competing with the Tangled Bank. Perhaps, that can be done by limiting the posts to evolutionary subjects written at the high school level.

  5. I like this idea. I would be happy to contribute to it. I often submit a critter photo to the Friday Ark, and I would be glad to expand the contribution for a new “carnival of evolution” and write something that explores the evolutionary history of the critter. It would be a relief for me to write for a high school audience. So, count me in.

  6. aorstan – I figured it might be it was just one possibility. Although the tangled bank is scientifically oriented what I am talking about are posts specifically dealing with the evolution of a specific critter with picutures of the critter and maybe of some fossils as well as links to materials with more details. Additionally, some of Dan’s ideas are good.

  7. Please let me know when you are ready. I’ll contribute my links.

  8. Okay,
    I have a few blog hosts in mind I’ll pick one tonight (after work) and let everyone know.

  9. Okay,
    I have a few blog hosts in mind I’ll pick one tonight (after work) and let everyone know.

  10. I’m also open to suggestions as to a name for it.

  11. I’m also open to suggestions as to a name for it.

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