Natural selection and students confused over statistics

The front lines of the evolution debate lie in the schools, but just here the whole confusion of darwinism and natural selection enters to compromise the confrontation with creationists and the large public that finds ‘evolution’ a stumbling block. As far as can be determined from this article the standard darwinian scenarios is preached with darwinism and evolution collated.
There is a simple way out here: simply teach the factual and empirical history of evolution but remain open about the mechanisms and skip trying to sneak in natural selection.
The fallacies of natural selection have confused generations of students whose grasp of statistics is compromised for good. Hardly educational…

Source: Teachers Helping Teachers with Evolution | Edhat

 Hard luck case for science: the evolution stumbling block

The question of evolution has become so confused that it is difficult now to sort out the conflict of paradigms.
We can help by compounding the confusion: the idea of the ‘evolution’ of freedom injects a kind of metaphysical curve ball into the discussion and forces the issue of the many kantian-style antinomies that haunt the whole subject.
In general the rise of science on the scale of natural entities arrives as the plateau of biochemistry and then seems to confront a barrier beyond which the physical sciences cannot seem to pass: the biochemistry of life is visible in the DNA realm, and yet the dramatic resolution seems cheated out of its victory in the way evolution fails to fall into place in progression of sciences. The idea of natural selection is the talisman of reductionist fantasy here and fulfills all the hopes of reductionist science, but falls short as the grand scheme crumbles and stops with a mystery as yet unsolved. Our idea of the ‘evolution’ of freedom, which needs to be more concrete, to be sure, shows the exact point at which science, metaphysics, and the evolution of creaturehood confront their peculiar dialectic and stall short of any kind of answer.
The reason is that ‘evolution’ is on the other side of a conceptual barrier, one that connects cosmology, next to issues of teleology, banished from science, and the suspicion of something far more complex than anything science can resolve.

Source: Evolution to history: freedom evolving – Darwiniana

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The Forgotten Trauma of a Forgotten War As the World Looks Away, Death Stalks the Democratic Republic of Congo | Portside

GOMA, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo — The boy was sitting next to his father, as he so often did. He mimicked his dad in every way. He wanted to be just like him, but Muhindo Maronga Godfroid, then a 31-year-old primary school teacher and farmer, had bigger plans for his two-and-a-half-year-old son. He would go to university one day. He would become a “big name” — not just in their village of Kibirizi, but in North Kivu Province, maybe the entire Democratic Republic of Congo. The boy was exceedingly smart.

Source: The Forgotten Trauma of a Forgotten War As the World Looks Away, Death Stalks the Democratic Republic of Congo | Portside