ig·no·rant [ig-ner-uhnt] –adjective
1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.
2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.
3. uninformed; unaware.
4. due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.
Here it comes…another rant about my life. About when I was younger and an injustice I feel I endured and feel that others continue to endure. I am not talking about not getting a pony when I was a kid or having to eat homemade hamburgers instead of going to Mickey D’s or some other place.
I am talking about not being properly taught in school, at home, and my community.
I am talking about mis-information, dis-information, and down right lies. Now, maybe these people didn’t know they were passing on incorrect information. I will give them the benifit of the doubt. Knowing this still does not make it right. I grew up in Middle Tennessee…a large part of the Bible Belt. Protestant Churches on every corner vieying for your offering…your tithe. One claiming they are better than another because they are larger and have a huge congregation…or claiming they are better because of the smaller congregation and more intimate community.
I know you are asking why this is important…it is important because the Church is what decides what you are taught. Even in public school. How is that you say? You are claiming Seperation of Church and State? Well, technically you are correct. However, if your teachers, school officials, local officials, etc. go to the same church then the ideas of the Church will seep into the decisions made about the school by those same teachers and officials as well as parents that let it happen.
Get to your point Sandy.
I could list things here but I will just talk about Global Warming as an example first (though that is not the reason for this post). I was taught that Global Warming was the effect of pollution on the Ozone Layer. That pollution was causing holes in the Ozone layer and we were losing all of our clean air and all the pollution was getting trapped under the layer and causing the world to warm up. This was also taught as an almost joke…that this is only what they *think* are happening.
You may want to read that again to get the jist. I can wait.
Now, I realize that a lot of things have been hashed out in 10 + years…but they also knew a lot then as well that wasn’t being taught…at least not where I was. I know this because my husband is almost 5 years younger than I am and went to school up here in the North…and it is by him that I learned different.
When I moved up here I was totally against the thought of Global Warming. What I had been taught just didn’t make any sense. Then slowly I was able to do research on my own, listing to DH and his brother the PhD graduate and form my own opinion.
This is what pisses me off. It was then I learned that I was taught wrong…maybe accidentally by my teachers, but I know it was on purpose by someone else.
Not a good enough example? Ok, let’s try Evolution.
I was taught there is a THEORY we came from monkeys and that God did, in fact, create the world in 7 days as that scientific study of the Earth even supports it. That there are SEVEN periods of the geological timescale and that fits perfect with how God created us all in seven days as we were the last.
Well, first off scientific theory isn’t what people think it is. Because science so often will prove it’s previous self wrong, everything is called a theory. Gravity is theory.
the·o·ry [thee-uh-ree, theer-ee]–noun, plural -ries.
1. a coherent group of general propositions used as principles of explanation for a class of phenomena: Einstein’s theory of relativity.
2. a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural, in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual fact.
3. Mathematics. a body of principles, theorems, or the like, belonging to one subject: number theory.
4. the branch of a science or art that deals with its principles or methods, as distinguished from its practice: music theory.
5. a particular conception or view of something to be done or of the method of doing it; a system of rules or principles.
6. contemplation or speculation.
7. guess or conjecture.
—Synonyms 1. Theory, hypothesis are used in non-technical contexts to mean an untested idea or opinion. A theory in technical use is a more or less verified or established explanation accounting for known facts or phenomena: the theory of relativity. A hypothesis is a conjecture put forth as a possible explanation of phenomena or relations, which serves as a basis of argument or experimentation to reach the truth: This idea is only a hypothesis.
So, just because the Theory of Evolution is a theory, doesn’t make it not so. It just means that up to this point in science this has been proven as a fact until science can prove it otherwise at a later date.
AND…The theory doesn’t really say we come from monkeys. It only said that our very first ancestors were monkey like and evolved to what we are today. Think about that for a minute…if we came from monkeys, then there wouldn’t be any monkeys…they would be us.
Some of you scientific minds might be saying something to the tune of “well we had a common ancestor with monkeys”. Yea…we also have a common ancestor with fish since life evolved from a bacteria and series of chemical reactions.
Now, I am not here to debate God whith anyone. If you chose to belive great. If you chose to believe that God created the Goldilocks Principle for Earth…that’s great too. I could really care less.
What concerns me is the wrong information that is being taught by so many to the younger generation. As an educator or part of the education field (text writers for instance), you have the OBLIGATION to teach correct information whether you believe it or not. You are doing a huge disservice to those children who will go out in the world as a whole. Some of these young adults will be ostracized for not being learned. They will outcast as being stupid and backward all because you didn’t teach them the correct information.
Shame on you for making people suffer that kind of rejection just to further your own agenda! Shame on you for keeping them down so you can feel superior! Shame!
With that said I realize some may argue with me that I am wrong. I cannot speak for every single person…I can only speak from my own experience. I graduated in a class of 300. That means that there are another 299 people out there at the least that were taught as I was and I know that the ones before and after me were taught the same as well. All with the incorrect information.
I can only hope that those others before, with, and after me had the sense to do their own research and form their own opinions and leave those outdated ideas behind.