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The theory of evolution is no more or less a theory than the theory of gravity.
Singling it out for questioning show scientific ignorance -- it should be questioned in the same way that all science is questioned; not treated as a special case because of someone's religious beliefs.
I firmly believe in the theory of evolution. However, the fact that a significant amount of families do not isn't something I will scoff at. I am in my final year in college majoring in secondary education. Personally, I do not believe intelligent design has a place in our schools, but the education process is not about me, it exists to serve our students. They need to be prepared for college science courses. If the do not learn about evolution in elementary/high school, they will be severely disadvantaged. The other side of the coin would be completely trashing their belief system. No religion should be promoted in the classroom, any more than it should be refuted. This is a delicate debate, and the final outcome will potentially alienate a substantial portion of the population it affects.
There are facts, and then there are truths. Scientific theories are supposedly based on facts, but when one can't/won't decipher the facts in truthful way, those theories should be called into question. Science has not proven itself a valid or reliable source of truthful information.
By the way, I am still angry about the "facts" I was given as a child about T-Rex and those tiny little arms!
Theories in scientific terms ARE FACTS. Theories have been tested and retested and have held true in every test and observation to date. Most of the posts here don't seem to know what they're talking about.
Students should be taught to question all theories, evolution, creationism. They should be taught to question the authority that determines what they should learn. Students should be allowed the freedom to be inquisitive and develop their own theories and judgements about the world in which they live.
Our students should be taught to question every thing they are taught. We encourage them to become critical thinkers and form their own opinion about the world. This goes for evolution, literature, health, etc. We would never allow a one-sided view when our students are studying "Catcher in the Rye" so why would we allow just a one-sided view about the start and development of life? We are failing our students if we feed them one view and then refuse to discuss the faults and strengths of that view. We have to allow them to hear the different views out there and then form their own opinion.
Blind obedience versus curiousity.
Mythology versus honest doubt.
For years we have had to endure the myth that the theory of evolution is not really a theory but proven fact.It is NOT and while the ideas of evolution are at times very interesting, there remains NO proof of their validity no matter how much gobbledygook someone uses to try and impress others.
The idea that if a scientist doesn't go along with this line of thinking, he is either mad or 'not engaging in REAL science' is absurd!
Their are many intelligent folks out there in the world who believe that there are other possibilities to the explanation of life on earth.Evolutionists should not be so terrified to have an UNPROVEN THEORY questioned.
The simple fact is that evoltion has become its own religeous faction that does not want free thinking to go on. If any other subject was to be put in a box like this with the idea of absolutely no other explanation, there would be a savage outcry of 'foul'.What is the evolutionary community afraid of?
What if creationist thinking is a valad idea or theory?
In the end either way takes the individual to a 'leap of faith'.
As a parent, I don't want my children to be taught differently from what I teach at home, which is that science has many theories about evolution that are strongly based on physical evidence. At the same time, I teach my children that there are differing opinions and beliefs and that we should respect that not everyone in the world thinks the same way as we do, and that NOTHING regarding human origins is proven, including what's in the bible.
As a teacher, I can understand encouraging students to think critically, but we must be very careful not to cross that line into proseletyzing and/or confusing kids unintentionally. Not every teacher is capable of staying unbiased, whether the subject is politics, race, morals or evolution. I strongly believe that religion has no place in a public school and that teaching creationism crosses the line.
Sarah, for me, your comment is absolutely perfect. Why is this philosophy so hard to find in our classrooms? "Students should be taught to question everything from scientific theories to history texts (as they can be incredibly biased) to religious dogma to authority. By empowering critical thought across ALL areas, we will be sure to have a generation of competent independent citizens who will be able to lead us into the future" Could it be that the culture of learning in schools really has taught generations to question nothing.