Indoctrination U: Secular Creationism

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Indoctrination U: Secular Creationism


A year ago the biggest issue in education after budgets was whether "intelligent design" should be taught in the nation's schools. Opponents called it a form of "creationism" and the press dubbed the ensuing legal battle as the biggest clash between faith and science the Scopes Monkey Trial.

In a stinging rebuke to the religious right, a Pennsylvania judge ruled "intelligent design" had no place in classrooms because it was "a religious view, a mere relabeling of creationism, and not a scientific theory," thus violating the separation of church and state.

Yet at that very moment professors in American universities were teaching a form of secular creationism as contrary to the findings of modern science as the biblical claim that God had made the world in seven days.

The name of this theory is "social constructionism," and its churches are Women's Studies departments in universities across the United States. The feminist theory of social construction maintains that the differences between men and women apart from obvious anatomical ones are not biologically determined but created by a patriarchal social structure designed by men to oppress women. It is "patriarchal society" that turns naturally bisexual infants into male and female personalities by conditioning them from birth to adopt gender roles the one aggressive, masculine and destined to command, the other passive, feminine and slated to obey.

Critics of feminism such as Christina Hoff Sommers and neuroscientists such as Harvard's Stephen Pinker have pointed out that this view contradicts the findings of modern science evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and biology in particular. Men are known to cluster in significantly greater numbers at the high end of testing for mathematical aptitude, though they cluster in greater numbers at the low end of that bell curve as well. The scientific evidence is summarized in a recent book, "Sex Differences in Cognitive Ability," whose author, Diane Halperin, is president of the American Psychological Association and was a social constructionist herself before reviewing the scientific literature. She concludes: "Socialization practices are undoubtedly important, but there is also good evidence that biological differences play a role in establishing and maintaining cognitive sex differences, a conclusion I wasn't prepared to make when I began reviewing the relevant literature."

Similarly, male aggression and competitiveness are not created out of whole cloth by a patriarchal system of dominance, as Women's Studies feminists argue but are to a significant degree hormone-inspired.

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