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Is it OK to teach evolution in public schools?

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 7:44pm

Kasic

Kasic

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This has got to be the weakest debate I've ever seen.

You can only have a legitimate debate when two or more sides have somewhat equal standing. If there's not, all it comes down to is acknowledgements of validity from one side to another or misrepresentation of stances.

if you dont go in the history and only stay in the present. i dont see why evolution would have a meaning in it.

i mean... to understand what a flower is and how it works. or to know how a human body works, you dont need evolution.

Except that many of the "whys" and "hows" come from evolutionary theory.

To understand what a flower is, sure, you can just look at all the parts that are there. However, that's only skimming the surface.

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 7:48pm

partydevil

partydevil

5,097 posts

However, that's only skimming the surface.

1st year biology is like this right?

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 7:53pm

Kasic

Kasic

5,572 posts

1st year biology is like this right?

What they teach you in biology is basically the following.

-There's something called the Theory of Evolution that someone named Darwin proposed.
-Classification of organisms.
-What natural selection is.
-Basic structure of plant/animal cells.
-Basic functioning of cells.

They don't really go into depth on any of the subjects...

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 7:54pm

thepunisher93

thepunisher93

1,859 posts

I am a Muslim hailing from Pakistan and I was taught Evolution as a theory in my biology class.
I don't see any point in not teaching it.
If you consider your faith weak and fragile as such, maybe you should change it to a stronger one.
To quote a personal friend of mine

I find your lack of faith, disturbing.

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 8:24pm

partydevil

partydevil

5,097 posts

What they teach you in biology is basically the following.

thats not what i had to start whit. except the function of cells part.
but then there is the point that we didn't had all the info back then.

and doesn't sexual education fall in the 1st year anymore? the sooner the better, in my opinion.

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 8:51pm

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

I think hereditary stuff is taught first year, but that's it for sex stuff.

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 9:52pm

partydevil

partydevil

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I think hereditary stuff is taught first year, but that's it for sex stuff.

what? not how a penis and vagina work? what happens during sex and what can lead from it? no info on safe sex? etc. etc.

the hereditary stuff do not fall under sexual education in my books.

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 11:08pm

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

That's taught during middle school nowadays. The education is still being done.

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 11:35pm

TheMostManlyMan

TheMostManlyMan

2,963 posts

It is not a fact and therefor should not be treated as such like it is. Only facts should be taught, the facts of it should be while the guess work shouldn't be or if it is it should be clearly stated that they aren't facts by any means. Since there is much debate on creation Vs evolution being taught then it should be as unbiased as possible teaching that which is fact and making sure that theories are understood to be nothing more than theories.

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 11:52pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

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what? not how a penis and vagina work? what happens during sex and what can lead from it? no info on safe sex? etc. etc.

For my school..that is taught during anatomy and physiology.

Then..there is "The Movie" usually shown sometime in late elementary school

 
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