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Is it OK to teach evolution in public schools?

Posted May 13, '13 at 9:14pm

pickpocket

pickpocket

3,327 posts

Ok, really, who cares?
This is one of those issues that gets blown out of the water and leads to endless finger-pointing and crap.
Im fine with it being taught in the right way. In my school, the teacher makes it very clear that you do not have to accept the ideas of evolution due to religion or whatever. But I mean, its not bad to learn it even if you dont agree with it. Its like me (catholic) learning about Judaism in history or things like that. No big deal. I dont really plan on becoming jewish, but things like this are go to know.
So yeah. As long as the teacher doesnt force it on us, its fine.

 

Posted May 13, '13 at 11:19pm

nichodemus

nichodemus

11,851 posts

Knight

Ok, really, who cares?
This is one of those issues that gets blown out of the water and leads to endless finger-pointing and crap.
Im fine with it being taught in the right way. In my school, the teacher makes it very clear that you do not have to accept the ideas of evolution due to religion or whatever. But I mean, its not bad to learn it even if you dont agree with it. Its like me (catholic) learning about Judaism in history or things like that. No big deal. I dont really plan on becoming jewish, but things like this are go to know.
So yeah. As long as the teacher doesnt force it on us, its fine.

Because evangelical Christian, or certain denominations of them believe wholly and literally in the Bible. Teaching anything else is heretic, abortive and reviling.

 

Posted May 14, '13 at 1:37pm

pickpocket

pickpocket

3,327 posts

Because evangelical Christian, or certain denominations of them believe wholly and literally in the Bible. Teaching anything else is heretic, abortive and reviling.

Yeah... We like to ignore them.
I find it funny how the tables have turned since the birth of the religion in Rome. Anyways, the Church isnt in charge of all schools. Their opinion is just another opinion, and should not cause such a fuss. They give us all bad reps :/

 

Posted May 14, '13 at 1:46pm

Bladerunner679

Bladerunner679

1,343 posts

Yeah... We like to ignore them.
I find it funny how the tables have turned since the birth of the religion in Rome. Anyways, the Church isnt in charge of all schools. Their opinion is just another opinion, and should not cause such a fuss. They give us all bad reps :/

I'd agree with you, except for the fact that their opinion is responsible for abstinence based sex ed, oppression of homosexual rights, multiple movements to force prayer back in public schools, even more movements to remove evolution from american science classes, heavy distrust of scientists, and general prejudice towards people who aren't the same as them. christianity may hold the majority vote, but sometimes the majority is just plain wrong.

-Blade

 

Posted May 14, '13 at 3:02pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

4,948 posts

Knight

Yeah... We like to ignore them.
I find it funny how the tables have turned since the birth of the religion in Rome. Anyways, the Church isnt in charge of all schools. Their opinion is just another opinion, and should not cause such a fuss. They give us all bad reps :/

Of course it would be wrong to strive for an international flame war between creationists and the rest, but the debate is important 1) to show that creationists are not harmless and do have an influence, and 2) to show how education is important and make everyone understand that evolution is not some freaky wild guess, but reality.

Oh, and it is most important to avoid dangerous inanities like this freaking crap here.

 

Posted May 14, '13 at 8:53pm

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,667 posts

Knight

Yeah... We like to ignore them.
I find it funny how the tables have turned since the birth of the religion in Rome. Anyways, the Church isnt in charge of all schools. Their opinion is just another opinion, and should not cause such a fuss. They give us all bad reps :/

Unfortunately there are people of influence in areas where they can make major impacts in the countries education system. These people constantly try to inject their religion into the school's textbooks. That's why it matters.

 

Posted May 16, '13 at 1:40am

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,667 posts

Knight

Thought you guys would be interested in this talk by Eugenie Scott.
Creationism du jour

 

Posted May 20, '13 at 5:09pm

NoNameC68

NoNameC68

5,069 posts

Knight

Oh, and it is most important to avoid dangerous inanities like this freaking crap here.

Everyone involved in that theme park should be arrested since they're breaking the 1st amendment. They should be stripped of their position and thrown in jail, fined, and profited from obtaining any government job.

 

Posted May 29, '13 at 5:04pm

nitin007

nitin007

81 posts

Separation of church and state, leave your religion at the door when you get to school. The most you're supposed to find of religion at school is in the pledge of allegiance and that's just one word. In school evolution is taught as a theory (despite the fact that there is more proof to support than others such as creationism) not as a law. Students are allowed to believe whatever they want, they could completely refute this theory if they want. It is not the job of educators to tell students what they should believe in.

 

Posted May 29, '13 at 7:56pm

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

4,971 posts

leave your religion at the door when you get to school

You can still do religious stuff in schools if you want to (as long as they aren't disruptive or harmful) on your own time, like if you want to pray before class because you didn't study. And if a student has certain needs, like kneeling towards mecca 5x/day or always wearing a hat, the school must accomodate to some degree. Mandatory activities, like requiring daily prayer, are out. Teaching religion as fact is out. Teaching about religion may be fine in cultural classes, but not science.

In school evolution is taught as a theory

And rightly so, as long as theory is properly defined to clarify that it doesn't mean "guess".

not as a law.

Here.

 
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