May 27, 2006

Conversation with John Bernard

I just talked to John Bernard, who is running for Alameda County Superintendent. He says that what happened at that democratic committee meeting is that someone asking him how he would handle a child who comes into the school from a home-schooled situation where he was tought creationism. He says he answered the question by saying that the child should be told that creationism is not science and that science is what is taught in school, but that the should discuss his beliefs with his parents. What he meant by balance, was balancing the rights of religious freedom of the child, with the school's obligation to teach science. He further says there is no place for religion in schools.

He himself is a Christian, but he is not a fundamentalist.

I have to say that his position sounded very reasonable to me. I myself am an "evolutionist" and a believer in sociobiology - I did a lot undergraduate and graduate-level work on human evolution at Berkeley - but I also believe both in parental rights (as I think I've made clear) and religious freedom, and I think schools must respect a child's belief while teaching him.

So even though I was just about to do a "write in" for Superintendent, I will now vote for John Bernard.

Posted by marga at May 27, 2006 2:48 PM | TrackBack

Did you mean to write that you will "now" vote for him?

Posted by: tim Holmes at May 27, 2006 4:36 PM
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