Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Creationism still passes as science in many High schools

Disregarding court decisions, many high school teachers continue to teach Creationism according to a recent national study. In some cases students are told that they are required to learn evolution in order to pass the state exam but do not have to believe it. As students learning anthropology, what does this say about cultural values and science in America? What does it say about the validity of science in society?

...Researchers found that only 28 percent of biology teachers consistently follow the recommendations of the National Research Council to describe straightforwardly the evidence for evolution and explain the ways in which it is a unifying theme in all of biology. At the other extreme, 13 percent explicitly advocate creationism, and spend at least an hour of class time presenting it in a positive light.
That leaves what the authors call “the cautious 60 percent,” who avoid controversy by endorsing neither evolution nor its unscientific alternatives...
Read more about in the New York Times this here.

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