"Teaching the Curriculum or the Truth"

7:30, Tuesday, November 19, 2002, Totino Fine Arts Center, Rm. 116, Northwestern College, Roseville
Five years ago, Rod LeVake was teaching biology in the Faribault school system. The biology text had proven false statements, which he pointed out to his students. School authorities informed him the text must be taught as written. When he insisted facts are more important then rules, he was reassigned.
If you think "it canıt happen in my school," think again. If it can happen in small-town Minnesota, it can and does happen where you live.
What happened?  Rod will give an overview of

  • His battle with the school district over what facts cannot be taught.
  • Why evolution is a confusing idea from the public standpoint.
  • Examples of complexity
  • Where the rubber meets the road. . .
  • Do Christianity and macroevolution mix?
Rod and his wife, Chris, have four children and have lived near Faribault for 25 years. After graduating from St. Johnıs University with a degree in natural science, Rod earned a Master of Arts degree in biology education from Minnesota State - Mankato. He is currently teaching ninth grade physical science. When he isnıt teaching, he is coaching football, serving on the church board, or tending a small-acreage farm south of Faribault.

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    We believe in God: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that all of its assertions are historically and scientifically true in the original autographs; this means that the account of origins in Genesis is a factual presentation of actual historical truths.
    We believe that the origin of matter and all basic types of living things, including man, came about through direct creative acts of God during the six-day creation week described in Genesis.  Whatever biological changes have occurred since the creation week have accomplished only changes within the created kinds.
    We believe that the great flood described in Genesis, commonly referred to as the Noachian Flood, was an historic event, world-wide in extent and effect.
    We accept the account of the special creation of Adam and Eve as the first man and woman.  Their subsequent fall into sin, by disobedience of God's direct command, is the basis for our belief in the necessity of a Savior for all mankind.
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