Do you think that Evolution or Intelligent Design (or neither) should be taught in High Schools?
I am not convinced that high school is the place for it. For one thing, it takes away time for the basics of math, science, and reading. We see many, many examples to show that students are not performing at the basics...why create distractions? For another it potential opens the argument as to the teaching of "religion" oriented subjects in the schools. While this subject is not directly about religion, it tends to run counter to it, thus someone could prevail in taking a position that the schools are not teaching religion but free to teach an "atheist" position. The subject is worthy of discussion and learning but I somehow feel it would be wasted or twisted beyond objective use with students not yet at that intellectual level. WB
I don't think either should be taught in High School and when or where ever it is taught, it should be taught as a theory not truth.
If,one is allowed the other should be allowed if only to give the students something to think about.Religion is another matter though.It,should never be allowed in public schools.
I think Religious studies should be taught at schools - Evolution is still a theory no evidence to prove that we evolved from algae spontaneously. It can be discussed as a theory only, but religion should be taught as a general subject which provides a brief overview of the major world religions.
Now I know my above answer will be annoying to the Evolution camp, but if it upsets you too much then please ignore it - just another viewpoint.
Evolution is not the TRUTH. Nor has anyone ever claimed it to be. It is a theory, hence the reason it is called the THEORY of Evolution. Evolution is an important scientific theory, if for nothing else, because a lot of other science is based off of it. It also happens to be a pretty good explanation to describe a set of given observations.
A scientific theory isn't taught because of it being right or wrong. It is taught because is the best knowledge we currently have. Science is not a static truth, it is an evolving body of knowledge, that can only evolve if it is actually taught, and most importantly can only evolve because it is TESTABLE. I can design, construct, and than conduct scientific experiments which examine the theory of evolution.
Intelligent Design is not a theory. It isn't meant as something that might be true. It isn't meant to be tested. It is simply meant to be the TRUTH. There are no scientific experiments to be conducted on it. There would be nothing wrong with teaching alternative scientific theories that explain the same observational realities explained by evolution, but Intelligent Design is not an alternative scientific theory, it is an alternative theological truth.
Theological truths belong in theology classes which do not have any place in public schools.
Even if someone were to convince themselves that creationism (a theological truth) belongs in science class, don't they see the logical result of that would be to including other theological truths such as that maybe the universe was created by the exhalation of breath from the god Vishnu? I think most Christians would object to such a thing which means they aren't truly interested in science, as they purport, they are interested in spreading their religious ideas. Missionarianism has no place in our classrooms.
If kids don't believe in science over ancient superstition by the end of high school, then it is probably too late.
Intelligent Design is not scientific. It has no place in a scientific classroom. Intelligent Design apologists have a conclusion in mind, and then look for data that supports it. That is the opposite of the scientific process, which involves looking at the data and then forming a conclusion.
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