Teaching Evolution vs. Creationism

Chatter: Our kids would be very poorly educated if they were taught that evolution was a finished product with no legitimate challenges or weaknesses ["On the Fight Between Evolution and Creationism in Texas Classrooms"].

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Our kids would be very poorly educated if they were taught that evolution was a finished product with no legitimate challenges or weaknesses ["On the Fight Between Evolution and Creationism in Texas Classrooms," usnews.com]. Nothing is evolving faster than evolutionary theory, and pretending that it is some immutable body of facts is absurd. Evolution needs to be taught, but not selectively. Public schools have no right to promote some facts and suppress others simply because of a personal philosophical or religious preference. To do that is simply to replace one religion with someone else's. I prefer not to have anyone's religious ideas taught as a science. That's a teaching best left to families. It is unconscionable for the state to mandate ignorance. That is what the Board of Education does by withholding pertinent facts, such as the failure of evolution to account for the origin of life. Let the theists teach their kids about theism. Let the atheists teach their kids about atheism. But please don't ask the schools to teach either one.

Comment by Gary Isenhower of TX

Whether one likes it or not, scientific progress is the way of the future and bringing us wonders far greater than the belief in Bronze Age creation mythologies. Science welcomes intelligent, well-founded challenges to existing theories. Just have something relevant to add. The worst thing that could happen to fundamentalist Christians would be to examine the creation story with the same rigor that scientific ideas must undergo.

Comment by Sarah Bellum of CA

If evolution is the ticket, why are there no transitional beings between ape and man? Why did evolution cease? Why can we not directly point to current day inferences that the process is legit? If creationism is a fairy tale, evolution is science fiction at its worst. Let all sides be heard good and bad, pro and con, and let everyone make their own choices.

Comment by Jeff of NC

Why do creationists constantly hark about "missing links" and the supposed inability of evolution to immediately and incontrovertibly explain some parts of natural history? The missing link argument as well as many others are almost all clearly described in evolutionary terms through primary scientific papers in any university library. Some people don't seem to know anything beyond Bible-derived literature.

Comment by Tom of CO

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