Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
This posting just came across one of my email lists:
We are a small elementary church school library. We received a donation of 19 hard cover books about different types of dinosaurs. Unfortunately, the last 2 pages of the books contain information pertaining to when (read millions of years) these dinosaurs lived. We believe and teach the Biblical view of creation. The books are colorful and would be very useful, except for the last 2 pages of statistics. I can't cut them out because the last of the story is on one side of the statistics page. After reading the paragraph on the title page regarding reproducing, photocopying, utilizing etc. and that one shouldn't do this, I hesitate to solve the problem by simply gluing the last 2 pages
together and pasting a page of statistics on the blank back page. Is this legal? I love working here and don't want to create problems.
Wow. "Statistics." That's one way to look at it. Mark points out that at least they're just disagreeing over a timeline, and not something like whether various sorts of people deserve to live or die, but still. What's wrong with leaving the books the way they are, and explaining to the children that there are lots of viewpoints in the world? Discuss faith, belief, science, historical conflicts between the two.... It seems like there are lots of ways to use the books as they are.
I haven't read any responses yet (and there are a LOT of them!) so I'm a bit curious to see what this group comes up with!
Update: Here is a link to the whole thread in the list archives.