Should Schools Be Teaching Creationism?

Filed under: Religion & Spirituality, Education: Tweens, Education: Teens

Teaching creationism in schools

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Evolution. Creationism. Unlike chocolate and peanut butter, these are not typically thought of as two great tastes that taste great together. (You also don't eat them, but you know what I mean.)

The New York Times reports that despite numerous rulings in federal courts that teaching creationism in schools is unconstitutional, a survey by the journal Science found "just 28 percent of biology teachers consistently follow the recommendations of the National Research Council to describe straightforwardly the evidence for evolution and explain the ways in which it is a unifying theme in all of biology." Also, 13 percent of bio teachers "explicitly advocate creationism," using "at least an hour of class time presenting it in a positive light."

This issue raises numerous questions, and of course inflames passions on both sides. (Discussions involving religion have a way of dong that.) I'm wondering not only what ParentDish readers think about the idea of teaching creationism in school, but what's happening in your child's classroom. Are their teachers among the seemingly small minority who follow the National Research Council recommendations to teach only the theory of evolution? Or does creationism consistently find its way into the lesson plan?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.