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Creationism In US High Schools: 16 Percent Of US Science Teachers Are Creationists

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Creationism In US High Schools: 16 Percent Of US Science Teachers Are Creationists The researchers polled a random sample of nearly 2,000 high-school science teachers across the US in 2007. Of the 939 who responded, 2 percent said they did not cover evolution at all, with the majority spending between 3 and 10 classroom hours on the subject. However, a quarter of the teachers also reported spending at least some time teaching about creationism or intelligent design. Of these, 48 percent — about 12.5 percent of the total survey — said they taught it as a "valid, scientific alternative to Darwinian explanations for the origin of species".

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janneth janneth 7 years
I guess these creationist science teachers don't believe in global warming.
stephley stephley 7 years
I could not think of a decent comparison and along comes YY and captures the matter perfectly!
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
60 years of internet dating and here i am!
em1282 em1282 7 years
Aww, yesteryear! I'm sending you a *hug*.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
em1282: yup. the theory of gravity is much different than my theory that someday i'll find the young, attractive, successful man who will love an elderly chain smoker. one is tested and works and appears to be found throughout our entire galaxy, the other... well, it doesn't seem to be going too well after many years of clinical trials. :(
em1282 em1282 7 years
...and from Wikipedia: "The word theory has many distinct meanings in different fields of knowledge, depending on their methodologies and the context of discussion. In science a theory is a testable model of the manner of interaction of a set of natural phenomena, capable of predicting future occurrences or observations of the same kind, and capable of being tested through experiment or otherwise verified through empirical observation. It follows from this that for scientists "theory" and "fact" do not necessarily stand in opposition. For example, it is a fact that an apple dropped on earth has been observed to fall towards the center of the planet, and the theories commonly used to describe and explain this behavior are Newton's theory of universal gravitation (see also gravitation), and the theory of general relativity. In common usage, the word theory is often used to signify a conjecture, an opinion, or a speculation. In this usage, a theory is not necessarily based on facts; in other words, it is not required to be consistent with true descriptions of reality. This usage of theory leads to the common incorrect statements. True descriptions of reality are more reflectively understood as statements which would be true independently of what people think about them."
zeze zeze 7 years
I think creationism should be taught in social studies. I think science is for studying how thing work/evolve in the physical sense, even theories should be based on physical aspects - ex: friction results when things come into contact. I personally believe in God, and I believe that the evolution of the world is b/c God designed it this way - so teaching me that our feet went from webbed to toes and we have similarities to monkeys is not inconsistent with that - at home, or in place of worship people can teach the spiritual side of evolution and who created an "evolving" world. We learn science to progress and apply it, learning that God made it this way doesn't seem to do much for future application. It is valuable to learn what people's beliefs are though, and that belongs in a Religions course of social studies course.
em1282 em1282 7 years
Also--this may just be semantics, but the word "theory" means something completely different in the world of science. Theories, in scientific language, have a ton of data for support, and can be proved. The theory of gravity comes to mind, for example. So...yeah, not really the same thing in different "languages".
em1282 em1282 7 years
"It's a theory that can be substantiated through testing that can be duplicated by other scientists that leads to new hypotheses and new testing..." I think that's the crux of the argument. It can be substantiated through duplicated experiments (which is what makes science science) and through DNA evidence and comparative embryology. The whole "testing" part is really what makes it science, IMO, and intelligent design not science. Was I there during evolution? Obviously not. But have evolution, natural selection, fitness, genetic drift, genotypic frequency, reproductive barriers, etc. been tested and proved over and over again? Yes.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
this is dumb. if people want to learn about god they can go to church. school is for learning facts. i'm fed up with our country trying to dumb down our kids. there are plenty of people who don't want their kids learning this "theory" (read: BELIEF) and they shouldn't have to pay tax dollars to have it taught. i'm surprised the libertarian/conservatives here don't agree.
stephley stephley 7 years
It's a theory that can be substantiated through testing that can be duplicated by other scientists that leads to new hypotheses and new testing... I don't pretend to understand ID so this probably will be clumsy: but to separate ID theory from being an idea, I would think there needs to be a scientific theory as to the nature of the Intelligent Designer and then some way of testing that theory so that the whole project can move forward. Can you detect patterns in the Design that make you able to predict what should come in the future?
syako syako 7 years
I love that episode too! I loved how aggravated and appalled Ross was that she "didn't believe in evolution" :rotfl: It's so true and endemic of a lot of scientists and academics.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Sy, I love that episode! UnDave, I agree, and I think for the most part in Science class they do present topics like the big bang as theory.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I agree Cine. But let's make sure all theories are presented as theories. ie: Man's effect on global climate change is a theory, not fact.
syako syako 7 years
I know they have records and other things to go off of (and I'm not trying to disprove Evolution or anything) but it has to be a theory because unless we were there a billion years ago and observed it, it's a theory. This reminds me of Phoebe and Ross on friends... when she gets him to admit that evolution isn't necessarily the only explanation for how the planet came to be. Hilarious.
syako syako 7 years
BUT Steph, you are saying it IS a theory...
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Much of Science are theories, and if they teach creationism then that too should be presented as a theory.
stephley stephley 7 years
Theories of evolution can be documented by studies of fossil records, the diversity of living organisms - tests of the theories can/are developed that explain why the theory is correct, allowing scientists to develop new hypotheses that further develop knowledge.
syako syako 7 years
evolution is a theory, I second UD. Did you stand by for a million years and observe these things? No. Some of it has to be based on speculation and other "unscientific" facts.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Evolution is also a theory. Why is that considered science?
em1282 em1282 7 years
Also, creationism rejects the use of the term "evolution" in any sense, so that use doesn't work.
em1282 em1282 7 years
Science = observation, experimentation. Creationism and intelligent design are theories, not science.
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 7 years
I agree with em and cine... Science class is about teaching facts and research. Save any creation talk for social studies.
stephley stephley 7 years
How can intelligent design be a 'scientific' alternative - can its hypotheses be tested by experiment? Teach it as theory, but it's not science.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
I have no problem with teaching creationism, as long as it is not a focus of the Science class.
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