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Is it OK to teach evolution in public schools?

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 6:34am

MageGrayWolf

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An evolution thread, how did I almost overlook this?

Many parents argue about schools teaching evolution. Creationalists do not support or believe in the theory of evolution. It goes against their beliefs. They do not believe it should be taught because it apposes many peoples' beliefs. Do you think that it should be taught?

What creationists believe should matter about as much as someone believing the stork delivers babies as apposed to the process of conception and birth. Evolution is one of the backbones of modern biology, as such I think we would be doing a grave disservice not to teach it in a science class. Of course just like how we wouldn't include the stork belief in a class teaching about reproduction we shouldn't include creationism in a biology class. If we were to include it, it should be done so as an example of how not to do science.

I started learning about it a couple of years ago in Biology and continue to learn about it in my free time.

If you're interested in evolution you might want to check out my profile.

Anyways, no one should have any issues with theology being taught as theology. Problem is that "Creationists" are often more...radical.

The problem is creationists want to teach theology as biology and science, when it's not.
I would be hesitant to even call creationism a hypothesis let alone a theory.

Nihilism is included in Philosophy class, which is usually not in federal schools, but private schools, like universities.

A philosophy class might not be bad thing to have as an elective at higher grade levels.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 7:56am

nichodemus

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A philosophy class might not be bad thing to have as an elective at higher grade levels.

I doubt so. University yes, but philosophy, to treat it with respect, needs to be taught well, thoroughly, almost like a main subject.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 9:35am

danielo

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How you can teach creatonism?
Ok class, now we learn on anothe creation. Some peopels belives that God made everything, and not evolution. End of class kids".

Unless you start just praise god and tell stories on it {all of these Paganic stories of "God saw that the flower was sad so he made him a bee" and so on}.

And btw Kasix, Orthodox jewish also dont belvie in evolution and are not teaching it in Religios schools here in Israel {They actualy dont teach much of everything and just creating more and more hobbos who live from the state money}. its one of the fist argue who come up when you talk on what school is better, a religius one or a normal one.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 11:08am

Masterforger

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Sure, we could teach Creationism and breed ignorance. Or we could just pay attention to Darwin and his colleagues, smart men and women who did things to benefit science, not to illude thousands and incite terrible wars.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 11:44am

partydevil

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How you can teach creatonism?
Ok class, now we learn on anothe creation. Some peopels belives that God made everything, and not evolution. End of class kids".

you can take the 5 biggest religions of present day and some dead religions, to compare them. what links do they have. what believes are returning throughout all these religions. what religions have been revolutionair and what was a clump of different believes putted together.
there is allot to learn and discuss beside what 1 religion says.

see it as a philosophy class only about religions.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 1:11pm

SSTG

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Yes it's okay to teach evolution and  Creationism should be discussed in a theology class (and pretty quickly forgotten) also teaching about different religions (the big ones, not the sub-sub-sub religions with their weirdos at the helm) with their different views on their gods. I almost took a theology class BTW, because I was interested in mythology back then and I'm still are.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 1:42pm

Fenrisle

Fenrisle

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Evolution is literally the overarching theme of the entire branch of biology.

I respect everyone's opinions and ideas, and feel that everyone should, no matter how ludicrous it may seem to you personally; however, one cannot stop public schools from teaching proven theories of science at the expense of not only their own, but other children as well.

It should be taught, and proposed as proven science. However, it is up to an individual to think on whether or not it exists; this may seem silly, but after all science in its entirety is experimental with no certainties per se.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 5:28pm

Getoffmydangle

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@Kasic: you funny.

Short answer to the original question: Yes, in fact it should be mandatory

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 5:40pm

arkaninerenegade

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668 posts

I think that if it is taught, it should be taught with a neutral view. Like teachers just saying what people who believe in evolution say about it, without saying it is right or wrong. I took a religion class in high school and it was taught like this. Teacher said what the majority of the religion believes without saying it is right or wrong. This is something that should not be said by teachers weather or not is right or wrong.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 6:06pm

HahiHa

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I took a religion class in high school and it was taught like this.

That's fine, for it is a religion class. Creationism can be mentioned in there. But evolution is not a religion, it is not a belief. It is as much fact as gravity, and thus belongs in science class, and be presented accordingly.

 
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