Laats explains that the notion that those who oppose evolution are not knowledgeable in science is ignorant in itself. He states that among the 52% of t... ... middle of paper ... ...knowledged in biology classrooms. There are greater consequences from denying the existence of both viewpoints from either end. However, the separation of religion and state is imperative. One might argue that secularism in itself is a kind of religion, but the only way to fairly maintain a separation of church and state is by teaching strictly creationist biology.
Science vs. Religion The question as to whether or not religion belongs in a science classroom is a very complex and difficult question. Religion can be looked at from different angles, starting from its validity. Despite the lack of evidence to support the idea of creationism, that in itself is not enough to warrant its exclusion from schools. I don't think students should be told who or what to believe in, but they should acquire enough knowledge on both subjects in order to think and make the decision for themselves.
At Ball State University for example, intelligent design was deemed to be inappropriate content for courses in science because, “the scientific community regarded it as a religious belief and not a scientific theory” (Flaherty, 2013, Para.2). This is could be attributed to increasing concerns by over eighty state and national scientific societies stating that creation science and intelligent design cannot qualify as science (Flaherty, 2013). In other words, as much as scientific societies appreciated academic freedom, they emphasized the need for institutions to exercise academic integrity by teaching students scientific theories without sharing their personal beliefs... ... middle of paper ... ...o live healthy lives, science functions to explain evolution and the existence of life, and it functions to help people understand their development and growth among others (Shepard, 2009). In that effect, the society requires both religion and science in order to function effectively. Various controversies exist in the society today.
Creationism in Public Schools Teaching Creationism in Schools The question as to whether or not creationism should be taught in public schools is a very emotional and complex question. It can be looked at from several different angles, its validity being one of them. Despite the lack of evidence to support the fundamentalist idea of creationism, that in itself is not enough to warrant its exclusion from the curriculum of public schools in the United States. The question is far more involved and complex. One way to address the question is whether or not creationism, in itself, is a valid idea to be taught in public schools.
The courts hold the decisions on what is allowed and what is not. When the people of America fight for equal treatment, freedom to teach, or critical thinking, they are shot down in the name of religion. The law doesn’t allow teaching creationism, sitting separation of church and state, but this law is not being defined correctly. Creationism is science, and evolution could be considered a religion. Both creationism and evolution should be taught in schools, because textbooks and teachers are censored and biased when teaching just evolution in the class room.
Many believe evolution disobeys the first amendment. Others believe that excluding creationism in classrooms shows an unfair bias and, therefore, gives the allusion that the evolutionary theory is a fact. This, once again, disobeys the first amendment (according to Darrow). If the only theory of origination taught in schools is evolution an unfair bias and anti-God philosophy is instilled in the students. For these reasons, both evolution and creation should be taught in public schools.
Does religion influence a person’s code of ethics to the point where it may deter beneficial research and education? The integrity of science being taught in public schools is under serious attack (Peshkin 46). Christianity groups want creationism to be taught along with evolution.This is a problem because creationism, which is currently being disguised as Intelligent Design,is not a science. “Given the wide variety of religious views about creation, there are simply not two sides to be compared and in any case these views are not science and do not belong in a science classroom” (Verma 206). Supporters of creationism in the classroom say since evolution is a flawed theory, it cannot be accepted as “fact.” Instead students should be exposed to other theories, such as creationism, that seek to explain the origins of humankind.
Many proponents of the ID movement support requiring that it be taught in the public schools. For example, the Discovery Institute and Phillip E. Johnson, support the policy of "Teach the Controversy", which entails presenting to students evidence for and against evolution, and then encouraging students to evaluate that evidence themselves. While many proponents of ID believe that it should be taught in schools, other creationists believe that legislation is not appropriate. Answers in Genesis has said: "AiG is not a lobby group, and we oppose legislation for compulsion of creation teaching ... why would we want an atheist forced to teach creation and give a distorted view? But we would like legal protection for teachers who present scientific arguments against the sacred cow of evolution such as staged pictures of peppered moths and forged embryo diagrams ..." Opponents point out that there is no scientific controversy, but only a political and religious one, therefore "teaching the controversy" would only be appropriate in a social studies, religion, or philosophy class.
The theory of evolution is an acceptable subject to be taught in public schools because it is a subject that is based on scientific discoveries, making it appropriate for science classes. The theory of creation is based on religion and religion is a subject that should not be taught in public school, but one that is the responsibilities of the parents. Because of the diversities of religion in our country, soley Christian values and theories should not be taught to children in the classroom settings. Resources Bergman, Jerry. Teaching Creation and Evolution in Public Schools.
The future of a civilization is the hands of the youth so if a new science emerge and argue the existence of God will develop a new era in which less people will believe in a supernatural force and religion could disappear. On the other hand if students study Darwinian science they could judge the scientific truth. It can be seen from religious conservatives the rejection of Darwinian science because they think it promotes a morally corrupting materialism. However, I would like