John W. Burgeson (
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 16:30:49 -0700

Bill wrote: "And it is this monolithic bluster of which students should
be warned.
The purpose of the textbook insert is to tip students off that their
textbook, and likely their instructor, will not present the full story.
I think this is more accurately described as indoctrination rather than

I'm sympathetic to Bill's point. But nobody can ever present "the full
story!" What I am concerned about is that SOME teachers present
philosophical positions as being derived from science -- when they are
not and cannot be so derived. It tis this the Alabama statement is
working against.