Re: The Washington Post "Dissing Darwian"

From: Sheila Wilson <>
Date: Fri Jun 03 2005 - 14:52:03 EDT

I believe the pluralistic view of public education is idealistic at best. The idea rings of "separate but equal." In Oklahoma, we do not have equity within individual school districts, much less counties or the state. I do not think we could ever find equity in the pluralistic view either.

Ted Davis <> wrote:
>>> "Terry M. Gray" 6/3/2005 1:22:26 PM
> >>> Rich Blinne 6/3/2005 12:07:41 PM >>>writes:

Perhaps a more pluralistic view of public education is in order. One
model is that there could be government funding of all sorts of
schools--Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Islamic, New Age, Secular and
that these identities would be clearly defined so that parents could
choose the school that most fit with their personal worldviews.

Ted replies:
Exactly, Terry, exactly. This is what I allude to in my commentaries on
some recent books about the origins controversy. See the parts at the ends
of these essays. Your language is more explicit than mine, but yours is
exactly what I have in mind. The origins issue is not *driven* by
church-state "separation," but it is IMO fundamentally shaped by it. Nor
will it go away as an educational issue until folks like us can persuade the
rest of the nation that we need a new idea of what counts as public


Sheila McGinty Wilson
Received on Fri Jun 3 14:53:22 2005

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