When Evolution was first introduced it was widely rejected because it went against what people were brought up to believe. Evolution has so far stood the test of time and has become more widely accepted, to the point to which it is taught in our schools. Where Evolution has found its way into the school curriculum, the theory of Creation has not. Some people feel that it Creation should get equal time to Evolution in schools. In this paper I will use what I have learned from Professor Swenson’s Christian Theology course and my personal feelings to try and express why there is no reason for the theory of Creation to be taught in school.
Creationsim vs. Evolution For a long time school administrators, teachers, parents and even students have argued for and against the teaching of either creation and/or evolution. Evolution has been taught in many public schools for generations because of the scientific methods and support it has as a scientific theory of how we as humans came to be. Many religions hold different views of how humanity as we know it was created and these people believe that students should be able to hear their side as well. There is one main problem, the separation of church and state and the limits that are set within this statement. Should creation be taught as theory just like evolution?
Even many Christians who have deep trust and faith in the Bible have never really understood the claims of the creation account (McLean 11). Over the past several years, a great deal of controversy surrounding the creation-evolution issue has been generated by scientists who have based their claims on the creation model and have been willing to let their reputations stand. Creationists have openly requested that when the discussion of origins occurs in the public school system, both the model of creation and evolution be presented side by side. Initially, scientists and educators who have accepted the theory of evolution without question were reluctant to pay any serious attention to creationism; however, it has now become apparent that substantial numbers of people are taking creationism seriously. Many evolutionists view this trend as a serious threat to the advancement of science and have vowed to do everything in their power to stop the teaching of creation in the public school system.
Creationism being taught in public schools is not right because there are many beliefs about how the earth was created. Many science teachers have different beliefs on this particular subject. Some believe it should not be taught in public schools but on one’s own time at home, church, or another place. Other science teachers think students should be taught all the believable theories about evolution and creationism. Some science teachers have gotten in trouble with the law by not obeying other laws regarding evolution and creationism.
There is not enough emphasis on the biblical roots of our country. Religious knowledge is also necessary to teach about democracy. Schools are already allowed to teach democracy, how can anyone expect students to see everyone’s opinions if they didn’t learn all about the other religions and sides a person can be coming from? Experts also say that for american government to be taught and fully understood, then students need to fully know that it’s roots were religion. While religion is a very sensitive topic, other subjects such as politics and government are too, and yet those subjects are still discussed and taught in schools without a problem.
The United States has established that there has to be a separation of church and state, making it prerogative that they do not teach a religious ideology alongside science. High school students should not be taught creationism alongside evolution because it infringes on one’s freedom of religion and is a religious ideology not a science. Throughout its history, religion remains a controversial topic in the United States. The United States Constitution states that the government cannot make any law respecting an establishment of religi... ... middle of paper ... ...t infringe on a student’s freedom of religion. Additionally, parents have alternatives to having their children taught evolution, such as enrolling their children in charter or private schools that teach creationism.
Even if all these hurdles were overcome, it would still be hotly debated by different religions as to which story of creation to teach. For all of these reasons, it is impossible for any version of creationism to be taught in public schools in the United States. As one can see, the question of whether or not creationism should be taught in public schools is not so much a question of should it be taught, as it is more of a question of can it be taught. Can the Book of Genesis, or even a version of it be taught legally as part of a standardized curriculum? The answer is no.
Ever since the Constitution was created, American was guaranteed the right of freedom of religion. However many Americans to this day believe otherwise, the media portrays that society is becoming more anti-God. We see schools suspending students who mentioned God or any other religious aspects due to the reasoning of not being sensitive to other students with different religions. Some school districts discussed the pledge of allegiance and its reference to God should be removed. The freedom of religion is also to have the ability to share the knowledge of your religion with other despite the commitment to another.
Some states have, in the past, outlawed the teaching of evolution because the public didn’t agree with it, even though almost all scientists had accepted it. The children in school at that time were deprived of important information. There is no reason why a scientifically recognized subject should be banned from schools simply because the public doesn’t “agree” with it. Our society is obligated to keep our citizens informed. A direct vote on class curriculum only perpetuates the older generation’s perspective, as their children grow up to take their place.
The absence of religion in public schools seems to be fine with the public since many parents do not want their children to make religious choices that differ from their family tradition (Passe and Willox). Does this controversy makes it difficult for teachers to teach the required material in schools since religion can be involved in historic events? Proponents of bringing religion back into the public school curriculum state that religion is needed in order for students to understand the Social Studies curriculum and current world events. Religion played a major role in the Crusades, the formation of Pakistan and India, and the Israeli-Palestinian dispute just to name a few. One reason for why religion needs to be involved in the teaching of the Crusades is because it focused solely on religion.