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Letting the students decide whether creationism is true is the equivalent of an isolated demand for rigor unless you want to let students decide in general whether the things taught to them are true. And pretty much nobody wants that. We don't just let students decide whether, for instance, the germ theory of disease is true--the evidence on the germ theory side is so overwhelming that students who decide for themselves that the theory is false will be doing so through mistakes and misconceptions. And school is not supposed to teach mistakes and misconceptions.






unless you want to let students decide in general whether the things taught to them are true

Actually, this is pretty much what I want.

We don't just let students decide whether, for instance, the germ theory of disease is true

Why not? Perhaps, if students start reviewing the evidence for and against the theory in school, in the future there won’t be so many parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Or, at the other extreme, there will be no adults duped into paying for flu shots in summer.
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