“It’s an infringement of academic freedom,” Crocker told Nature, speaking about the university’s decision that she not be allowed to present intelligent design or criticisms of evolution. “My goal is to teach students to think for themselves.”
Answering a question on All Things Considered, Caroline answers: “So is it OK to question evolution? Well, let me tell you from personal experience, people lose their jobs for doing it. So is it OK? Yes. Is it safe? No.”
Academic freedom. Intellectual diversity. Who would deny that these are essential in education of students in a country built on freedom? After all, permission to consider more than one option is part of what has given America her competitive edge in the international marketplace of ideas.
Caroline Crocker wrote her own direct rebuttal correcting various false claims about herself in “Expelled Exposed,” “Reply to Expelled Exposed.” Crocker points out that “Expelled Exposed” fails to understand that “calling scientific arguments ‘creationist’ does not address the validity of the arguments.”
Caroline Crocker was ousted from teaching biology because she covered challenges to neo-Darwinian evolution and favorably mentioned ID in the classroom. Dr. Crocker later appeared in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, but now many more details about Caroline Crocker’s story are revealed in her new autobiographical book.