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Tucson Atheists Message Board › "Evolution, creationism, global warming; they're all perspectives"

"Evolution, creationism, global warming; they're all perspectives" says sole finalist for TUSD Superintendent

Steve K
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 65
H.T. Sanchez is the sole finalist for TUSD superintendent. He spoke to a crowd of about 100 and answered questions from the audience last Wednesday (6/12) at Catalina Magnet High School. You can watch a video here. (Make some popcorn, it's almost 2 hours long.)

54 people at the forum filled out surveys. Alexis Huicochea at the Arizona Daily Star reports:

    The surveys were completed after the two-hour forum in which Sanchez discussed topics across a broad spectrum: guns in school, evolution, common core standards, academic achievement and partnering with the community.

    A recurring weakness, according to survey respondents, was Sanchez's frequent references to religion.

    "Please inform him about the separation of church and state," one respondent wrote. Another wrote, "The God stuff is totally inappropriate and should be enough grounds for a resounding 'no.' "

    Sanchez acknowledged he is a religious man but promised that he would not infuse religion into public education.

That's mildly alarming, but it gets worse. According to an article by Dylan Smith at

    Sanchez said it's a teacher's responsibility to empower students to think critically, not to tell them what to think about political issues. He used the example of his knowledge of events at the Alamo expanding as he learned more history.

    Sanchez did offer support for teaching creationism, and termed climate change a "point of view."

    "Speaking as a dad, and as a potential superintendent of this district, my opinion is very simple: our job is not to indoctrinate students," he said.

    "I believe our job is to teach them how to read, teach them how to write, teach them mathematics, and you present them with information. You empower them to think critically, and they'll come to their own conclusions," he said

    "Evolution, creationism, global warming; they're all perspectives," Sanchez said.

(Note: is a "nonprofit news site," not a newspaper.)

You can share your comments with the TUSD Governing Board here.
A former member
Post #: 33
Please fill out this comment form and share it with your friends and neighbors. The board needs to hear from as many people as possible that this is a terrible choice for Tucson! Better to have no superintendent than to have this man!
Buck V.
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 3
My comment to the TUSD Governing board:

Nothing says huge expensive wasteful lawsuit like:
"Evolution, creationism, global warming; they're all perspectives," Sanchez said."
A former member
Post #: 31
How come the creationists keep invoking "critical thinking" as an excuse for bashing evolution, but not for questioning an obviously primitive (and contradictory) myth like genesis? To my mind, it's absurd to believe that a god capable of creating the entire universe in six days would then postpone the introduction of his intended religion for 4,000 years rather than giving it to us on the seventh day.
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