Evolution vs. Creationism?
Should both instead of one side if the evolution debate (Darwin vs. God. Science vs. Religion. Evolution vs. Creationism. Reason and Rationality vs. Belief and Faith) be taught in our public school systems? Explain your response.
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- Anonymous9 years agoBest Answer
I'd teach both. Educating people on issues is not taking a stand one way or the other or promoting so give the kids the deal on both. Information is always a good thing.
- εℓizαßεth irεnε❀Lv 69 years ago
I'm 16 and I'm in high schools where we do learn this, or at least the evolution part.
I personally think neither of them should be taught in public schools. Creationism is a fairly religious topic and though I believe in it, it's not something that should be in public schools filled with various different religions. The same goes for evolution. There have been multiple debates and such in my biology classes toward this and it's tough to be on the opposing side when you're not supposed to mention the creationism part. And I truly think that evolution has had so much faith put into it that it could be a religion of it's own. It's ridiculous for teachers to be teaching things like evolution and the big bang THEORY telling us to completely believe in them 100% when they're just theories. There's little evidence to support them, and the evidence they have aren't very reliable sources. I mean really, you can't claim that people come from monkeys when you find bones so far apart from each other and automatically assume that they go together.
- SteveLv 46 years ago
Steve, 62, 3 years after the question. Both are taught now. You just have to choose the teacher. Education is the responsibility of the parents, and should never be delegated to the government. Nor should anybody dictate to the parents what their children will be taught. The good of the "herd" is the excuse of all dictators for dominating people's lives and thus violating God's law of free will. Nobody has the right to force their will upon another.
What should be done is make sure that the parents get to choose both the curriculum and the teacher(s) for their children.
- 9 years ago
The basic question is does creationism or one of its variants such as intelligent design have any place in the science classroom?
I would argue that it shouldn't be taught, but this is not a religious objection like you might expect. I object to it first and foremost because neither creationists nor the proponents of intelligent design can put forth anything which could be rightly considered a theory, at least not in the scientific sense.
The defining characteristics of a scientific theory are the following:
It makes falsifiable, testable predictions.
It is consistent with pre-existing theory.
It is supported by many strands of evidence, rather than a single foundation.
It is tentative, correctable and dynamic, allowing for changes as new facts are discovered.
Science examines data in the real world and then forms laws or short statements which describe what has been observed. Theories are structures of ideas, built upon these laws that explain and interpret facts.
For example, imagine you are sitting under an apple tree and witness several apples falling to the ground (sound familiar?). You might, if curious, make some more observations along with some measurements and jot down a few laws, along the lines of, an object (apple) when dropped, if not inhibited by an outside force, always falls toward the earth; secondly they fall at a constant rate of acceleration of 32.2'/sec/sec. We now have two laws which explain what happens. Neither of these laws explains the why, they are only descriptions of what we saw. When we later come up with a reason for what happened, i.e. that there is an invisible force exerted by each object on every other object based on the mass of the objects, we then have a theory, it explain why and makes predictions. For example, if our theory is true, it predicts that I will weigh more on Jupiter than I would on our moon. As you can see this prediction would not be obvious from the laws alone, and it is also easy to falsify my theory by simply taking a trip to Jupiter (ok, there is probably an easier way…), but the point is that a good theory is falsifiable and makes testable predictions.
Theories become accepted by a process of being peer-reviewed in journals, a process that can take months or years. By having other scientists examine the same data, doing experimentation, particularly experiments which will disprove or falsify the theory, and ultimately it gains acceptance by the majority of the scientific community. Given the grueling process that a new theory must go through in order to be validated it is extremely rare for a new theory to totally replace an existing and accepted one.
Creationism and Intelligent Design differ from real scientific theories in that:
They derive from doctrinal belief instead of data and then look for facts to support the premise.
They are not falsifiable. If God spoke, it must be true so any evidence which doesn’t fit the theory must be skewed or misinterpreted.
It makes no useful predictions. Saying “God did it” says nothing about what He might do the next time, it provides no useful information for learning more about the universe.
Neither theory has even attempted to be peer reviewed in scientific journals.
Biological evolution is a fact which is not disputed by any reputable scientist. The definition of biological evolution is, quite simply, "the occurrence of inheritable changes in the gene pool of a population over time". Facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty.
Facts don't go away when scientists debate rival theories to explain them. Einstein's theory of gravitation replaced Newton's, but apples didn't suspend themselves in midair, pending the outcome. Humans evolved from ape-like ancestors whether they did so by Darwin's proposed mechanism or by some other yet to be discovered.
Creationists and those who support Intelligent Design are doing nothing more than trying to advance religious dogma under the guise of scientific inquiry. They want to skip over the vetting process that gives theories their credibility and turn our high school classrooms into the new crucible of scientific truth. Their motives are plain to see, they have no evidence which can stand up to the rigor of peer review and they wish to gain a foothold in the lives of our children by teaching religious ideologies at the expense of good science.
Please, do not permit this to happen, keep ideologies in the philosophy, comparative religions or sociology classes, but not in the science classroom.
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- ?Lv 49 years ago
I believe "Evolution" should be taught as "the way"; as school is for sciences. But I strongly propose having at least one day a year where the Biology/History/Geography-teachers debate with the Religious-Teachers and maybe even a Priest/Imam or Rabbi and the students can also vent their views and make up their own minds.
Bobby, 26. :)Source(s): I am Agnostic and follow evolution. :)
- JessicaLv 49 years ago
Are you asking for my opinion?
And the first poster was right, they both are taught in schools in the form of RE and Science, and very often the debate between the two is taught in other lessons. I learnt about it a lot in English because it changed 19th Century Literature.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Both should be taught. Right now they just have evolution. Even though most of my teachers are Christian, they still add in things like "But God DID create the Earth..." and stuff.
I'm a Christian, therefore I believe God created the Earth and everything in and around it.
EDIT: To Sir Floydith Loves You:
You are a stupid, ignorant person. Christianity is an amazing religion and faith, and if you don't want to be a part of it then stop bothering people who believe in it.
- PrestonagéLv 49 years ago
Creationism is taught in world history when you learn about religion. Evolution is taught in biology because they teach facts in that class.
- 9 years ago
Evolution should be taught in schools and creationism should be taught in the churches those religious belief systems that believe in creationism.
- 9 years ago
No, Creationism should not be taught in school. If it comes down to that, neither should be taught in school. However, Evolution has a scientific foundation, Creationism has none whatsoever.