Teach the Controversy: Germ theory of disease

Too long have schools taught Paster’s germ theory of disease as a fact, without giving equal time to other, equally scientific theories. As a balancing act, I think that before teaching Pasterism, teachers should have to read the following statement:

Because Paster’s Theory is a theory, it is still being tested as new evidence is discovered. The Theory is not a fact. Gaps in the Theory exist for which there is no evidence. A theory is defined as a well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations.

Spontaneous generation is an explanation of the origin of disease that differs from Paster’s view. The reference book, The History of Animals is available for students to see if they would like to explore this view in an effort to gain an understanding of what spontaneous generation actually involves.

As is true with any theory, students are encouraged to keep an open mind. The school leaves the discussion of the origins of disease to individual students and their families.

Only in this way can we stop schools from indoctrinating with a single world-view that has not been conclusively proven.


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