Just in case anyone was harboring any secret suspicions that “Dr. Dino” might have said anything intelligent to earn his claimed honorific, I give you Kent Hovind’s Doctoral Dissertation. Do not take my word for how bad this thing is. Go read it. Now. I can wait.
I don’t know how to describe to you how stupid this thing reads. Not one footnote, lots of bad information, lots of assumptions, and it’s meant to be a dissertation?
Here’s about as good a refutation as can be made to the claims the Discovery Institute (a creationist asshat organization with lots of funding and no science) is still trying to make that it’s okay to try to “teach the controversy” about the theory of evolution.
Quick synopsis, it’s not. Not because there’s a conspiracy to keep out dissenting voices out of our science classrooms, but because those voices continue to contribute only falsehood and misdirection (smoke and mirrors, for those of you who didn’t do so good in school). Our students don’t need any more misdirection than they’re already getting (e.g. being told they’re in school to learn when the reality is that our education system is part of the Matrix).
I also wanted to point out, PZ publishes the relevant parts of the science curriculum in Minnesota, his state of residence and mine. If the biology standards in Nebraska where I grew up were this comprehensive and specific, then I am pretty sure my teachers fell short on the standards.
The standard he quotes is of high quality. You (yes, I’m looking at you) need to cast your ballots at the Federal, State, Local, and School Board levels for people who will support that the standard be taught to all students.