So, the time has come once again where my Biology students begin to learn about the ideas that have been called the cornerstone of modern biology: which is to say, common descent, evolution and natural selection. Well-established and part of our state standards, these ideas still have the power to spark controversy outside the scientific community due to their powerful ability to explain features of life in a testable manner.
Be advised, students and parents, that Mr. Hatfield will always treat the personal beliefs of students with respect in this area....but, on the flip side, all students are expected to be able to demonstrate their understanding of the ideas. In the 21st century, a person can not be considered well-educated if they don't understand evolution and natural selection!
Here is our syllabus through the middle of April: