Twice in my public school teaching career I have been challenged for not introducing my students to a creator. In both cases the parents were appalled that I gave no scientific credence to the Genesis story of beginnings.
During a discussion of prehistoric human development, a student asked, "When did Adam and Eve live?" This honest question reveals the student's confusion, especially if we are reading about "Lucy," the hominid Australopithecus who lived 2 million years ago.
Whenever this happened in class, I would direct the student to seek advice from parents or ministers. I would explain that science has nothing to say about Adam and Eve.
Mark Ferrante wants to be able to teach his charges about his concept of a creator. And he does this under the title of science teacher. Ferrante might like teaching theology in a private school; as long as he is teaching science in a public school, he needs to stick to what science can investigate.
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Modesto trustee Nancy Cline had it wrong when she referred to intelligent design as a "competing scientific" theory. One's belief system has nothing to do with science. And the scientific method cannot make any claim for or against faith.