Creationism, Evolution, or Both?
May 21, 2011 6:35pm CST
There are those who believe creationism or intelligent design should not be taught along side evolution, believing it "Infringes on a student's right to learn objective, research-based, state-of-the-art science?" (Chris Dawson at ZDNet) I have studied neither creationism nor evolution. Can anyone tell me how one infringes on the other?
20 Oct 11
Well evolution and creationism are inherently incompatible explanations for the diversity of life. Evolution is a scientific theory (highest level of scientific truth) while creationism is a mere unsubstantiated hypothesis in terms of science. Ignoring the fact that creationism is religion-based and hence has no place in public schools the reason why we wouldnt teach it is the same as why we dont teach geocentricism and astrology (there isnt any scientific evidence to support it)
• Adelaide, Australia
15 Oct 11
Oh! I hadn't heard! Who are these people who say this & why? I vote for a balanced view & that both should at least be offered, if not made compulsory learning. Studying both of them side by side at once may not be necessary, but students should be permitted to at least hear out the arguments of both sides so they can form their own well-informed opinion. Do students have rights? I never knew! Why do they always leave it until after you've finished school to tell you these things? I believe exposure to both would ordinarily enhance a student, not infringe on their learning ability. I thought variety was the spice of life? Who could imagine such a mind-numbing, boring, dry old student curriculum whereby the student is forced to bend & clamp their minds into a set of predetermined rules that must be followed for each & every subject? How will we get our "leaders of tomorrow" out of such students if that's all they're ever exposed to? I've attended both Government-Run schools (where history teachers were forced to only teach the evolution theory) as well as Christian Independent Schools (where the teachers were required to teach evolution theory either on its own or side-by-side with creationism). My conclusion is that both are flawed. Some people feel comforted in knowing how they got here, but I reckon it's better for me to just do the best I can with what I've got (or been given).