I then told them that bones had recently been recovered. I explained that they had been washed and placed in the church’s gym. They had a ball looking at their bones. The students then brought them back to our lab. We discussed proportion and how to determine the size of an animal by knowing the types of bones and the ratios of that bone to other bodies.
I asked each student to draw out the animal that they thought their bones represented. As they drew, I continued to chat about dinos. I read from a few more articles and drew a few dinos on the board. After, I asked each student to show off their drawing. With the exception of one young man, each drew a picture of a dinosaur.
Finally, I showed the children a National Geographic article from the early 1990’s. The article’s picture was of six tiny bones. It went on to say that top anthropological artists had been asked to draw pictures of the creature the bones represented. National Geographic had offered that they thought the bones were from a female.
The artists came back with ape head, female bodies, female heads with ape bodies, fully ape…
I then showed them a National Geographic article from a few years later. It stated that the bones were found to be of a pig. They did not mention the gender.
Our children can be told that macro-evolution does not exist. They can be lectured about our beliefs, but when they experience the deception, they are much more likely to remember.
I never lied to the students. I never said that they were drawing dinosaurs, I just mislead them. There were many lessons here, one of the most important was for the students to trust their instincts.