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ekin
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Should evolution be taught in schools?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/22/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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GlobalIssues

Con

Evolution is a debatable theory with many arguments for and against it. For a school to be required to teach a topic with such a tension especially in a country with such a large population of Christians is wrong and would spur conflict. People would feel that it goes against their rights to have their children taught something that goes against their religion and or beliefs. The bottom line is teaching evolution would create more conflict than not teaching it.
ekin

Pro

If the children weren't taught evolution at schools, maybe they wouldn't have the chance of learning anything about it, because the parents may not have an enough or objective knowledge set about the topic.Children don't learn such things themselves, which would be illogical to advocate for.The children should also learn what their parents don't agree with so that they can have some rational opinions which they can create when they are mature enough. Teaching evolution won't create that much conflict if it's taught in a logical way which makes sense but also which is able to be debated. That would be the way to end the prejudice about evolution so that everyone will think about this again, which is the best way for such a debatable topic.
Debate Round No. 1
GlobalIssues

Con

You make a good point for why we should have students be taught more than just one opinion or theory on the topic but to have only one veiwpoint in school would be indoctration. This would be against the personal rights of the students and their familys reagrdless of the importence of teaching another veiwpoint.
ekin

Pro

In science classes, students have to be taught what accords with science, that's why they learn about evolution. The thing Christians believe does not have concrete evidences though, which means they actually don't have the right to demand the educational system to teach only one side of a subject. Besides, the education of evolution does not mean that the children are forced to believe it,which means their rights actually are not so damaged. And all Christians are not so radical that they want their children not to be taught the evolution side, because they can already impress their children themselves.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Skeptikitten 3 years ago
Skeptikitten
We've actually witnessed speciation in both the lab and the wild kids. Sorry to burst the creationist bubble.
Posted by Sleezehead 3 years ago
Sleezehead
"Evolution from species to species has no evidence for it." There is plenty of evidence for it. We share almost the exact same DNA as chimpanzees, which we know we do have a common anscestor with. The reason people say we have no evidence for it is the idiotic people that do not believe something unless they can't see it with their own eyes. Well your not going to see chimpanzees evolve to humans today. That's just idiotic and that's not how we even evolved from. People that deny global warming simply because they don't see it lol.

"Plus, you said it yourself, we are getting worse. This statement goes against the idea of evolution, where we should be getting better." This doesn't help your case... And I already stated the reason why we are going bea makers is because slower humans produce many more offsprings than their smarter counterparts. Evolution. And no. No such evidence for any god. But that's another debate for another time.
Posted by Solomon_Grim 3 years ago
Solomon_Grim
Natural selection does happen, but this is not what is taught in schools. Evolution from species to species has no evidence for it. Plus, you said it yourself, we are getting worse. This statement goes against the idea of evolution, where we should be getting better. Why teach a theory when you can just teach the facts and let them decide by themselves. And there is evidence for God, just has been ignored.
Posted by Sleezehead 3 years ago
Sleezehead
You're obviously more focused on proving the species to species evolution. Talk or research Richard Dawkins' work. He's an evolutionary biologist.
Posted by Sleezehead 3 years ago
Sleezehead
Even human are adapting today. Well actually in a way our species is in sort of free fall. Since we have very free laws for people to recreate with whom they want, studies have shown that we are actually moving backwards. We have actually lost around 14 IQ points since the Victorian Era where woman were picked not just for beauty (but of course that still happened often). Humans show small adaptations for there environment. We see it in skin pigmintation, the three different consistancies of hair, and the three different types of our skulls, all depending on where you live. Evolution
Posted by Sleezehead 3 years ago
Sleezehead
That probability percentage just isn't correct. Evolution is actually the only probable "theory" that hypothesizes any origins of every species. You said that specie fists can't recreate sponatneous creation to prove evolution. Well if its spontaneously happening, it's not evolution in the first place. In fact evolution can take thousands of years to adapt to the way it wants to. It's small unnoticible changes throughout generations. Evolution also works in the way of survival of the fittest. A much furrier fox living through winter will outlive one that isn't so furry. The furry one will live on and the species will evolve so that they are much more sustainable through winter.

Evolution isn't probable? We see it everyday.
Posted by maleusdei 3 years ago
maleusdei
Evolution should not be taught based on the fact it has been muted by the fact it is highly not probable. Science cannot recreate spontaneous creation in order for evolution to be possible.

According to Hoyle's analysis, the probability of cellular life evolving was about one-in-10 to the 40,000th power. The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way is comparable to the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein. Life as we know it is, among other things, dependent on at least 2000 different enzymes. How could the blind forces of the primal sea manage to put together the correct chemical elements to build enzymes? ~ Fred Hoyle
Posted by Sleezehead 3 years ago
Sleezehead
"Evolution is a debatable theory with many arguments for and against it." No, scientists are pretty much in agreement on evolution. I think a school should teach the importance of the human foundations which would be our origins. What is school but a place to acquire sound knowledge?
Posted by ekin 3 years ago
ekin
sorry for my bad english btw, i'm not a native speaker :(
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Vote Placed by Skeptikitten 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con provided no good reason why established science should not be taught in science class. There is no debate among scientists whether evolution occurs.
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Reasons for voting decision: I agreed most with the "for" side of it. Really had some valid points.
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Reasons for voting decision: Basically con lost me with this remark "but to have only one veiwpoint in school would be indoctration." Not a bad reply, but off topic. The resolution of this debate was solely about evolution; not if other things should be taught too.
Vote Placed by GeekiTheGreat 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I personally think you two should do this again, only make the debate longer. I do not think either side had a very convincing argument, but at the very least Ekin was nice and accepting. Well done.