Considering that evolution is well-established science, it absolutely should be taught in schools. The only people who believe that it should not are those who want to impose their religious doctrine on others and those who do not understand how science works. Evolution is a theory just like gravity is a theory: we know it exists and there is nothing to counter it that holds any merit.
It's the most sound theory we have regarding how we got here. It needs to be noted that that's what it is to the students, but it's still by a wide margin the most plausible explanation we have uncovered. Because of that, it needs to be part of the scientific studies of students.
There's always been a controversy on where we as human came from and how it should be taught in school. I believe that both perspectives of our origins, evolution and religious, should be touched on in school. That way students are informed and are able to make their own decisions on what they believe.
Evolution is such a strong theory that there are no others that can explain the evidence apart from a Biblical story which has no scientific proof and in fact goes against what is known in all other scientific fields. If we are going to throw out evolution we may as well chuck archaeology, and just about every bit of science that deals with time, like rock strata and star formation. If evolution was not taught in public schools where would it be taught, and how much of the rest of science would we have to get rid of also when it did not agree with the alternative account of creationism?
I think that evolution should absolutely be taught in schools. The opposing arguments say that science is a religion and you can't force religion onto kids, however this is the biggest double standard I have ever seen. Not teaching this would be not providing a solid base to a child's scientific curriculum, which would lead them to a joke of fairies and angels which is christianity.
To start off with, before anyone can pick a side they need background information. Unfortunately, with many of the debates today, in previous years people are uneducated about the topic in which they are arguing. Most people that strongly disagree with the theory of evolution are very closed minded and are not willing to accept or listen to any ideas that do not support their own. All of these people chooses to believe and accept their religion and god. Many of these people think that evolution disproves their religion and throws away their god and this is not true. Evolution is change over time in population so they can survive best in their environments. Evolution is a theory. A a scientific theory is a well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations. Evolution is a well-tested explanation of how has changed over time. Nowhere does anything disprove god.
Moreover, to say that evolution should not be taught in the school curriculum and religion should, is ignorant. As previously mentioned the purpose of school is to educate children about the world around them whether that be the past or present. Evolution is an idea that is taught in many schools because it educates the students about the world they live in and exposes them to a different way of thinking. Once again, evolution is not force fed to students. The students learn about evolution and are given a chance to understand how people past and present thought about life. Those who believe in god would rather have religion taught in the science curriculum. Honestly, there's nothing wrong with that. The only thing is, that if you erase evolution and tell students that your religion is right and there's no other explanation is wrong. This way of thinking is close-minded and does not educate nor prepare students for the world outside of school where people do not share the same view on life. In addition to that, when you think about it, the theory of evolution is not much different than the theory of religion. Both of these ways of looking at life are widely accepted by a group of people. And even though neither are proven facts, at least evolution has supportive evidence. Those that dismiss the theory of evolution for being false need to look at the evidence supporting it and then look at the evidence supporting their religion.
In conclusion, and answer the question “should evolution be part of the science curriculum?” I say yes. School is for learning so it only makes sense that students learn about evolution. If even after all of this you still 100% support religion over evolution, don't send them to a public school. And if it does not directly affect you as an individual then who are you to tell someone what they can and cannot be taught and what they can or cannot believe. As evolution says their is much variation in a population so “To each his own.”
I believe it evolution is a valid topic to teach about in schools. However, I do not believe in it. But I do think that it comes across the wrong way to students. I myself am a student and when I learned about it my teacher claimed there is evidence to support it. If teachers are going to teach evolution, they need to teach it as it is-a theory-not a proven fact.
Evolution should be taught in public schools because it is important, it does have some scientific foundation. If you teach creationism you are teaching religion from the bible which is not allowed in most public schools. I feel that teaching evolution should be allowed be cause it is based on scientific theories with some supporting evidence.
There is hard evidence that species can adapt to their environment (birds' beaks in the Galapagos). However, why are things like convergent and divergent evolution, that the human brain had to evolved from monkeys, and that emotions, morals and love are are the result of a ingrained desire to prolong the species all being taught. There is no evidence for any of these. The problem is not the theory of evolution, it is what it has become as atheist desperately try to destroy religion under the facade of the theory of evolution. I don't understand their motivation and neither can they, given that they believe they should only really want to procreate and produce endorphins.
In my opinion I don't necessarily think evolution shouldn't be taught in schools, but what I am saying is that it isn't fair. Why do you get to teach students about one way they could of came to be on this Earth. Not everyone believes in evolution, so either teach all the different ideas or none at all. Like I don't agree with evolution but that doesn't mean that I am going to bash it or refuse to learn about it, and this is coming from a students point of view. I feel that teaching about evolution is pretty much a way of trying to convince students to believe in it, instead of letting them think for themselves. Plus, evolution talks about mutations and that's how we came about, in a series of mutations. To me that sounds crazy, but again just my opinion.
Evolution is almost a religion of a sort. Other religions can not be expressed in the public school scene, so why can this be taught? Not only is it taught, but it is mandatory in most schools now. It's not a matter of if evolution is "scientifically correct" or not, but the principle of being able to teach it.
Evolution is a religion. Religion is not allowed to be taught in public schools. Secound of all evolution is a lie that is covered up by scientist too lazy to change. There has been several skeltons that prove evolution wrong. Microevolution should be the only one taught in school, for this is the only one that is true. Should lies be taught in any school at all?
I'm not against evolution being displayed as an option to believe in. However to teach it as fact makes it a bias, and a bias evolutionists want to get rid of.
Creationism was taught in school as fact, and nothing else. This is one extreme. Today, evolution is taught as fact, and nothing else is accepted to be taught as fact. This is the new extreme we have arrived at.
We must combine the good aspects of both of these extremes to combine a synthesis; to create a better system of education. Those who teach should teach with as little bias as possible by displaying the scientific facts available to us today.
That being said, I do not want to impose my religion on anyone by any means of force. I will present the facts, and the decision is made by the listener. One must understand that although there are some scientific facts to prove evolution, this is still a stance mere humans hold today.
People say that evolution is the "presiding theory." So because it is common must we accept it? Is this what we have come to? Just because it is accepted and taught as fact, people should believe it? What happened to researching and digging for the truth? We are afraid to get our fingernails dirty, so we just go with evolution.
Find out for yourself what is true. Don't teach something that is merely a personal opinion based on science.
No it shouldn't because it's stupid. It seems to me that the ideas about how this animal or plant came into existence or became extinct is all speculation. Genetic mutations are unpredictable and the specific environment is unpredictable and the interactions are unpredictable. So the theory of evolution lacks predictive power. The theory is like an accident report where the accident report lists "contributing factors" to the accident.