From yesterday’s issue of lostogle.com, a site for news from Oklahoma, we hear that the University of Oklahoma, a public institution, has apparently gotten itself entangled with a homeschool “science fair” that prioritizes faith over fact—in fact, it contaminates the science with God. The site reports this:
Yesterday afternoon, an Ogle Mole alerted me to a strange webpage hidden on OU.edu (OU.edu/science), the official website for the University of Oklahoma. The page has to do with the Oklahoma Homeschool Science Fair, an annual event which aims to help kids discover science and engineering.
That page has now mysteriously (!) disappeared; this is what you get when you click on the link above. Go Sooners!
. . . but you can see that page via the Wayback Machine, and here are the goals of the fair:
OKLAHOMA HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR
All 1st through 12th grade homeschool students in Oklahoma are invited to participate in the Oklahoma Homeschool Science Fair.
See the consistency and detail of God’s creation
Apply scriptural lessons, truths, principles to science topics
Provide more than a science test can offer; variety, hands-on experience, thinking and reasoning, application and enjoyment
Teach the scientific method
Integrate all the academics: reading, writing, spiritual application, science facts, math, drawing conclusions, art, graphing, typing reports, oral presentation and time management
There is also this requirement:
All exhibits must include scripture and give reference pertaining to the subject matter of the project. Some ideas are not specifically mentioned in the Bible, but there are some verses that develop principles that can be related to your project. The intent is to relate all areas of science to the Creator of the universe.
Oy vey, that’s some “science”! So here we see science as confirmation bias, for the first two goals mandate that what the homeschoolers present should be consistent with the Bible, and be interpreted in light of scripture. A real science fair would simply have rules 3, 4, and 5 (minus “spiritual application”). And of course there are no projects that would subvert the “consistency of God’s creation,” like the messy details of evolution. How would they comport the “dead genes” in our own genome that have been inactivated by mutation (genes that are active in our relatives), with God’s plan. Was He being sneaky and testing our faith, or did he just have a bad day?
The site also points to the fair’s Facebook page:
I located the Oklahoma Homeschool Science Fair Facebook Page. They have photos of projects from 2013 and 2014. They look like typical science fair projects are first glance, but when you actually read what’s on the board you can see those first two goals being met:
Here are some of the entries on the Facebook page. Note the scriptural emphasis:
Poor kids! They’ve already been forced to shoehorn science into their indoctrination. Lostogle also gives the name and email address of the University of Oklahoma professor—an engineer, of course—who’s apparently the liaison between the University and the science fair, but I’ll omit it here in case the University (as suggested by the missing webpage) has decided to sever its connection with the event.
h/t: Ken Howard