I am starting a campaign here in Australia to get the ABC (our public broadcaster) to stop playing their week of Playschool episodes themed around dinsoaurs. It presents evolution as fact to preschool children, when they are at their must vulnerable and will believe ANYTHING that a Playschool presenter tells them is true, particularly when it is presented in an easy-to-remember song form.
These episodes seem to be broadcast far more frequently than other episodes. I believe that this should stop. They are not presenting any other religious material, and if they think that evolution is not a religious view they are mistaken. It takes a great deal of faith to believe in the dodgy pseudo-science of evolution.
If you agree with me, please email a complaint to the ABC at www.abc.net.au/contact
The specific episodes in question are the dinosaur episodes. Have at them people! This should not be allowed to go on unchallenged, it is teaching misinformation to tiny tots ARG!!!!!!
Read on for a copy of the text I emailed to the complaints department…
Feel free to copy, paste and edit it to suit yourself. It would be great if you could add in some more information about how evolution has been debunked over and over again…
I am deeply concerned at the number of times that Playschool Dinosaurs week has been repeated recently. It seems to be repeated more often than other themes, which concerns me because of the content it contains.
This week of Playschool presents concepts that contain evolutionary theory as if they are established scientific fact, which they are not. I and my family are bible believing Christians. I do not appreciate evolution being presented to my children at such a young and impressionable age. Children of this age believe everything a Playschool presenter tells them, whether in word, story or song. It is not the place of the ABC children’s programming department to teach children what to believe in the religious arena.
It may be your opinion that evolution is established scientific fact, not a religion. I would argue that with such enormous gaps in evolutionary theory and science still present, it takes a great deal of faith to believe such a debunked branch of pseudo-science. There is no evidence that would indicate that one species can become another, that nonliving matter can or ever has become living matter or that mutations produce advantageous differences within a species. “Things” simply do not become more organised through a combination of time and chance, no matter how much time you factor into the equation.
If you wish to believe in evolution that is your prerogative. I would disagree with you and encourage you to rethink, but I would respectfully request that the ABC stop teaching our children to believe in evolution. It is simply not your place. Evolution is an article of faith and as such not something I think is appropriate content for Playschool.