Here's what I wanted to say re your Nutball Alert post:
I don't understand why someone hasn't mentioned that there is a place in the curriculum to address creationism. I did it thirty-some years ago in my unit on mythology for my eighth grade English student. We compared the creation myths of a variety of cultures and religions. When my students asked if I believed in "god," I told them that was my private business. When they had questions about their own religious beliefs (they had never looked at their beliefs in the context of a world full of variations on the theme), I told them to ask their parents or their pastor. It seems to me that's a good way to separate church and state in the classroom. And so, in science classes, if students bring up creation beliefs, the science teacher should give them a reading list of books that explore the creation stories of various cultures and suggest that they might bring up the topic in English or Social Studies class, or at Sunday school, where it's more appropriate
Thanks Elaine! I like your approach. This is similar to how it was taught in my day(way back in the 70s).