If intelligent design prevails?
The Highest School explains it this way:
Highest School is an organization dedicated to making sure that our children are exposed to all sides of scientific and historical issues, and not condemned to hear just what an elite group of special interests wants them to hear.
It would also teach other "ways of knowing" than the scientific method, because of its "failings":
Let's look at another famous failure of science. When people started bringing the first meteorites to scientists, claiming that the rocks fell from the sky, scientists thought the idea completely ridiculous. "Rocks can't fall from the sky," said the scientists, and encouraged the poor ignorant folks to put their rocks back in their heads from whence the came. Eventually it was proven that the rocks did indeed fall from the sky, showing once again that the scientists didn't know what they were talking about. But did the scientists change their minds? Well, yes they did, but only after the evidence was so significant that they really had no choice.
It would be bad enough if schools limited their restrictions on the truth to the space program, but there are many areas of historical "fact" that experts call into question. For example:
- Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman who shot President Kennedy. There is copious argument on this subject, and the number of people involved in Kennedy's assassination likely rivals the population of some countries.
- The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise. Many experts agree that the U.S. government knew about it all along but wanted the attack to succeed so that it would get people upset enough that a war with Japan would be popular, giving the government an excuse to go to war with Nazi Germany.
- You have to pay federal income taxes. On the contrary, many people do not pay income taxes by simply declaring themselves residents of a state instead of the country. According to some books, it's not only legal but it might also teach you something about the American judicial system.
- Columbus discovered America. Actually, Native Americans were here first, and if you ask any LDS member they will tell you that Native Americans are descendents of the lost tribe of Israel, so really the Jews discovered America.
- President is the most powerful elected office in the country. It's the highest ranked elected office in the country, but there is plenty of evidence that the President really has no power because he is completely beholden to the Trilateral Commission.
- American Idol isn't fixed. Seriously, does anyone believe this?There are many, many more examples we could cite, but what would be the point? Special interests have a hammerlock on history, and we have to tip it over and let the truth spill out.
Or what about such a school's approach to the Holocaust:
These "Holocaust revisionists" point out that the testimony of tens of thousands of "survivors" of the Nazi camps is purely anecdotal and therefore not compelling. They note that historians do not agree on the number of people who died in the Holocaust, and if historians cannot agree on the details of their theory, the whole theory must be called into question. Revisionists also gain some measure of legitimacy from the fact that some countries fear their view of history so much that they have made it illegal to even discuss.
But, some ask, why should our children be exposed to doubt about such an important subject? True, legitimate historians believe that the Holocaust occurred, but our children deserve the chance to weigh the evidence and make up their own minds instead of leaving such an important subject to the "experts." But how can young ones do that when the "fact" of the Holocaust is taught as an accepted historical truth, without giving equal weight to all of the questions and objections that revisionists have brought to the table?
Let's look at an example to illustrate this point. I think we all agree that creationism and critiques of evolution need to be part of every child's public-school education. Well, Holocaust revisionism has just as much right to be heard in our schools as creationism! Consider these similarities. Creationism and Holocaust revisionism are both:
There are also significant gaps in records of what happened to people during World War II. Historians might, for example, have evidence that a certain person lived in Poland, and evidence that this same person died in a concentration camp, but unless there are specific records of the route that person took to get to the camp, how can it be proven that he was sent there? It is agreed that mass graves were found, as were the remains of large ovens, and that there are thousands of photographs that seem to verify elements of the Holocaust theory, but really is this gargantuan mountain of evidence enough for us to conclude that the Holocaust happened with enough certainty to tell our children about it? Of course not.
- Discussed in great detail in copious books and newsletters written by strongly opinioned individuals who have a degree in something.
- Supported by logic and reason custom tailored to support their conclusion.
- Promoted by individuals who are careful to deemphasize the religion-oriented roots of their beliefs, preferring to discuss the matter solely on scientific grounds.
- Popular with certain groups of Americans but oppressed because they are in conflict with "accepted" theories.
We should remember that, if ID advocates want schools to "teach the controversy" of "intelligent design" creationism, how long would it be before other nonexistent controversies are considered fair game? Why ID and not "alternate" versions of American or Holocaust history? The scary thing is that the Highest School doesn't always sound like the parody that it is intended to be, not because it isn't a parody but rather because it seems to hit a little too close to home the direction that education today seems to be going.