WI Women, India in crucial clash

first_img Even if they win but England lose, the Caribbean side will finish in a three-way tie with England and Pakistan Women on six points, with net run rate deciding the two semi-finalists. This nerve-racking scenario is one captain Stafanie Taylor is desperately hoping to avoid. “I think we are very much confident. We know what we need to improve on. We worked really hard at training today and I think the girls are ready,” she said yesterday. “We just have to try and outsmart the Indians because we know they are going to come with spinners, so we just have to be ready.” West Indies Women have been let down by their batting in the tournament. In the last game against England in Dharamsala, they could only muster 108 for four off their 20 overs, but they bowled and fielded magnificently to almost successfully defend the total. Taylor, her side’s most dependable batsman, said a bigger effort was needed from the batsmen today. “We need to see some positives in the batting. The bowlers have been doing so well and I think we need to help out the bowlers. We need to put some runs on the board so the bowlers can have something to bowl at,” she urged. Taylor admitted that the narrow defeat to England Women had hurt. She said that after reducing England from 59 without loss in the ninth over to come within a wicket and one delivery of victory, missing out had been difficult to absorb. nerve-racking scenario MOHALI, India (CMC): West Indies Women will seek to banish the disappointment of their defeat to England Women last week when they take on hosts India Women in a virtual must-win game in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup here today. After starting the tournament with two straight wins to top Group B, they stumbled in a heart-wrenching last ball defeat on Thursday, to tumble into second spot alongside Pakistan Women on four points. West Indies Women must now ensure they beat India Women and hope England also defeat the Pakistanis in order to clinch a semi-final spot outright.last_img read more

Teachers Getting Reluctant to Teach Evolution

first_imgCornelia Dean in the New York Times worries that, to stay out of trouble, more and more biology teachers are avoiding the discussion of evolution.Dean quotes someone who claims “the practice of avoiding the topic was widespread, particularly in districts where many people adhere to fundamentalist faiths.”  But why would teachers fear discussing it because of that?  It’s open season on “fundamentalist” faiths (loaded words for Bible-believing Christians).  Most teachers have no problem with attributing everything bad in the world to Christianity.  Maybe the students from those districts are better at asking the hard questions that give Darwin Party biology teachers stomach aches (see 06/14/2004 commentary).    Most creationists support the teaching of evolution, as long as the problems and controversies are taught instead of one-sided indoctrination.  Teaching evolution can be a valuable lesson on how smart people can believe dumb things.  So don’t avoid it; let’s open the Darwin Hall of Shame and talk about Piltdown man, pigtooth man, peppered moths, doctored drawings of embryos, National Geographic misinfomercials and all the rest.  Students need a little humor to break up the day.  Be creative; with February 12 coming, you can celebrate Darwin Day with games and contests, and even sing some evolution songs.  Evolution teaching can be fun!    Sweeping such an important controversy under the rug is not a healthy educational policy.  Like it or not, evolution has had a major influence on the world for 140 years.  Today, the subject is in a state of major ferment and reconsideration.  The teacher doesn’t have to take sides.  Many bright young people will actually wake up to science if evolution is taught as a controversial subject: that is, if they get a chance to exercise critical thinking about the evidence for and against it, and can debate the issues in class openly without ridicule, rather than hearing a borrrrrring one-sided sales pitch.  It’s only the teachers on a mission to indoctrinate blank slates into the Cult of Charlie that have anything to fear.    For those teachers still afraid, we have a simple solution; get the film Where Does the Evidence Lead? and show it as a six-part series (10 minutes each).  It will take you off the hook, and teach the students sufficient information to cover the curriculum requirement, without worries about religion in the biology class.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more