Evolving Your Viewpoint

| Learning | February 26, 2015

(I’m in my free period. I’m leaving the bathroom, and I walk right past one of my fellow teachers’ biology classroom, and I stop when I hear this exchange.)

Student: “I’m sorry, but [Teacher], you’re wrong.”

Teacher: “How so?”

Student: “Read the book of Genesis! Everything you are saying is wrong! Nowhere does it mention evolution in the bible!”

Teacher: “Do you have a bible handy?”

Student: “Like any good Christian.”

Teacher: “May I see it please?” *she is silent for a few moments* “Fascinating; right here in chapter one, verses twenty-nine and thirty, it says, ‘Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food;” and it was so.’ So, class? Who remembers what the word ‘carnivore’ means?”

Student #2: “They eat meat!”

Teacher: “Very good, and yet here in [Student]’s bible, it says that God designed every animal, bird, et cetera, to eat plants. And yet we know for a fact that some animals are carnivores and have been for thousands of years. Why do you suppose this happened? [Student], can you answer?”

Student: “Well, they obviously evolved to eat meat!”

Teacher: “Very good, [Student]. You’ve JUST used the bible to prove that the theory of evolution is actually true.”

Student: “But evolution is false!”

Student #2: “You JUST said animals evolved from vegetarians!”

Student #3: “I heard you clear as day!”

Student: “I didn’t say they evolved!”

Student #4: “I heard you plain as day!”

(Every student starts speaking up, and we are calmed down by the teacher eventually. How she managed to keep a straight face through this exchange, I have no idea.)

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