“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
In his book, The Blind Watchmaker, evolutionary evangelist Richard Dawkins famously declared: “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” Yes, seeing design in nature is so natural, so common-sensical that even young children innately know that nature is filled with purposeful design.
Of course, evolutionists can’t sit back and let common sense persuade children to reject evolution. So Boston University psychologist Deborah Kelemen and her team set out to prove it’s possible with Darwinian storytelling to make children believe in natural selection rather than a Creator God. After giving children (ages 5-8) picture books that illustrated an example of natural selection, many of the children agreed with evolution.
Even The Wall Street Journal was pleased: “These results do suggest that simple story books like these could be powerful intellectual tools. The secret may be to reach children with the right theory before the wrong one is too firmly in place.” The study, they said, “also suggests that we should teach children the theory of natural selection while they are still in kindergarten instead of waiting, as we do now, until they are teenagers.”
The success of this study leads us to conclude that it will be used against you and your children in the future. That’s why you need to take a very active role in your children’s education. Review their textbooks. Ask questions. Attend school board meetings. And if things get too bad, consider alternatives to public education.
Thank You, Father, for my children. I pray that You will protect them from those who desire to cause them harm. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Young Children Can Be Taught Basic Natural Selection Using a Picture-Storybook Intervention”, Psychological Science April 2014 25: 893-902, first published on February 6, 2014. “See Jane Evolve: Picture Books Explain Darwin,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/18/14. Photo: Illustration from Deborah Kelemen’s picture book. Used for educational purposes under the Fair Use provisions.