Should Creationism be taught in public schools alongside Evolution?

Asked by: nicholasjvela
  • YES: Ban Censorship!

    If you are teaching evolution in public schools, then creationism should be taught. Also I believe that it should be taught in a positive manner just as evolution is. It makes kids close-minded to just be taught one side, and besides our pledge states we are a nation under God. Also, creationism has TONS of science linked to it, and can disprove evolution because it has lots of logic you can discover in

  • A theory is a theory

    Similar to Adam, I believe that they should be taught together simply because I believe people should be exposed to all facets of any given subject and be allowed to form their own opinions. Without going into the details of either, I would just like to point out that evolution is a theory. Creationism is also a theory. The point here as that a theory is neither fact nor scientific law. They are just ideas that we then try and support with evidence until we can come to an absolute decision about its validity.

    So in short, until something has been proven and established as law, there is no correct idea. Believing that evolution is the proper paradigm because scientists tell you that's what they think is no different than believing creationism is correct because that's what you've learned from your religious texts.

  • It's not advocating for one over the other

    It's simply just teaching something. We're not forcing them to take on the belief of Creationism, but if we're gonna be open about stuff, then we shouldn't ban Biblical things from discussion. It's what makes for open dialogue. Not teaching Creationism quite frankly is a form of censorship just how it's going.

  • Creationism should be taught along side Evolution

    They both have the same amount of scientific evidence. They are both a religion. They both require faith to believe them. Logically, however, Creationism is more viable than evolution. Science states that matter cannot be created or destroyed. So where did the first atoms come from that "created" the universe? You see, science + nothing = evolution not working. Science + God = creation can work, because God can do anything. All in all, creationism SHOULD be taught in schools.

  • If a theory of creationism is based on science rather than faith, it should be taught along side evolution.

    I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. However, students must also hear and be taught about more than one theory of Intelligent Design.
    Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I, along with many others worldwide, are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.
    If the Intelligent Design theory is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed, then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based on science, not on faith.
    That might be hard to believe, so let me educate you on the scientific support of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
    We have evidence that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. None of us, of course, were around to see it, but we have written accounts of it. What people don’t understand is that He built the world to make us think the earth is older than it really is. For example, a scientist may perform a carbon-dating process on an artifact. He finds that approximately 75% of the Carbon-14 has decayed by electron emission to Nitrogen-14, and infers that this artifact is approximately 10,000 years old, as the half-life of Carbon-14 appears to be 5,730 years. But what our scientist does not realize is that every time he makes a measurement, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage. We have numerous texts that describe in detail how this can be possible and the reasons why He does this. He is of course invisible and can pass through normal matter with ease.
    You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of His chosen people, the Pirates, since the 1800s. Since the number of pirates has decreased, global temperatures have risen as have natural disasters.
    I’m sure you now realize how important it is that students are taught this alternate theory. It is absolutely imperative that they realize that observable evidence is at the discretion of a Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  • Christians Have Rights!!!!

    Really Evolution is just a religion. It has no facts or logic in it whatsoever. If they can force other beliefs onto us then Creationism should be taught too. There are two choices, believe or don't but teaching Evolution and not Creationism is like forcing every kid in public school to fill in the I don't believe button. They should hear it and have a choice. Not a choice forced onto them.

  • Yes, it should.

    Yes, it should because both creationism and evolution are theories, and theories of science, especially how the earth was made and what made it, is very important to learn in school. It makes sooo much sense if we teach not only that we might have evolved from a puddle of bacteria, but also that we were created by an uncreated God.

  • Yes, but not as science.

    I believe religion should be taught as religious studies in state schools in countries that are predominantly christian (they believe in creationism or the abrahamic God). However these classes should definitely be optional, no one should be forced to be taught about a religion they're not interested in.

    To those saying religion or evolution is 'just a theory'. The problem here is that our colloquial idea of 'theory' is much different to the actual meaning. A scientific theory such as evolution is called a theory because there is OVERWHELMING scientific evidence to SUPPORT it and therefore is more probable than we may think. So we cannot dismiss it as 'just a theory'.

    Either way, both evolution and creationism should be taught with sensitive and an understanding that people have very different beliefs etc. etc.

  • As an Atheist...

    It does not matter what happens to Creationism as long as Evolution is taught. So why not give the Christians what they want? Creationism can be taught in A Social studies class, or even a new Religion class where they analyze different religions without bias towards one or another. This would create more diversity in religion and help kids understand the difference between what they grew up with and what they choose for themselves

  • It is necessary to learn both sides of an argument.

    It is incredibly important to teach both theories in schools. How can one be considered an educator if they only teach one possible explanation to a very important question? Children need to be exposed to opposing viewpoints. It allows them to better understand a situation and form an idea of their own. Learning is not a passive activity, if a child is not working to form their own opinions and ideas about a subject then they are not fully engaged. Regardless of the question or issue, it is important to explore different answers. The product of not teaching both sides of an argument is an uninformed person.

  • The pope supports both

    Evolution and the big bang theory. Teaching creationism privileges a single religious viewpoint and would damage our students' understanding of evolution, one of the most significant theories in science, critical to unifying biology, to integrating biology with geology and astronomy, and to establishing the scientific foundations of modern medicine and agriculture. Teaching creationism is also illegal. Since creationism is a sectarian religious view, it cannot be given preferential treatment by any government body, including public schools.

  • It's not constitutional, nor practical, nor logical.

    There is no unarguable scientific proof for Creationism, and it therefore should not be taught in science class. If taught in a World Religions class, however, then I can see implementing it, but never in an inductive or forceful way. Set world religions class must also focus on other cosmologies, not just creationism.

  • It shouldn't be taught.

    The basic premise for my argument is that creationism is an easy way out of actual scientific theory. Some of the things taught are that dinosaurs and humans lived alongside each other, and that the world is no more than 6,000 years old. Both of which are blatantly false. Schools are there to teach our students about things that are accepted. To me, Creationism is a very clever way to get religious teachings into schools.

  • Not along side evolution....Keep it in religious study.

    The story of creationism has no place in science. Science is based off evidence and there is no evidence to support creationism but there is overwhelming evidence to support evolution. If there is a religious study class it should be kept in there...Not along side evolution as if it was an equal argument.

  • School is a place of learning.

    Evolution is taught because it is scientific fact and theory. Creationism is a religious belief that should be taught in said religions place of worship, not in an educational institution. Creationism is not a theory it is a religious belief. We need to keep the education of Americas future leaders facts and not religions. I went to school to be taught the facts of life not Christian beliefs.

  • Evolution has mountains of evidence for support while creationism doesn't.

    We can not teach creationism alongside evolution as it would create the false sence that they are equal. Evolution can be seen in the fossil record and has even been observed in both wild and domesticated species (peppered moths, dog breeds). If you want to teach creationism it must be in a religion class and it cannot be tought as a fact, theory or even as a hypothesis.

  • Creationism isn't scientific

    Creationism is not a scientific theory. "Theory" in the scientific community means an established, testable, well supported, and generally accepted explanation for an observation. Evolution fits this definition. Creationism does not; it is not testable, it is not well supported with evidence, it is not accepted. Creationism is not even truly a hypothesis, since it isn't testable. Therefore it can't be taught in science class. It just isn't science.

    If there was a class that was teaching history, that might be a place to teach about creationism, to examine the historical conflict between the two theories. Or teaching creationism in a class about world religions would be okay. But teaching a religious theory in a science class would be unconstitutional on the one hand and wrong on the other, since it just isn't science.

  • Yes it should.

    Evolution is a theory that is taught to kids who may or may not even believe in it. If schools can teach one theory of how life happened, they should teach the other one too. Let's let kids make their own decisions for once. There is no need for them to be shot down.

  • It's not scientific

    Creationism teaches no science to the students in schools. Creationism is a religious thing and does not have anything to do with science. It has no evidence supporting its "facts". The only thing religious people have is a book. We need more physical evidence other than a book and a mind.

  • Not Practical nor ethical

    If elements of religiosity are to be included in the school curriculum, then all religious doctrines should be represented. That being said, are Christian parents prepared to consent to their children being taught The Quran, Hindu Texts, Sikh scriptures, The Tanakh, Confucianism and Buddhist texts along side the Bible? If the answer is no, then that would be highly discriminatory and a morally reprehensible double standard (to those of other religious faiths). Furthermore, how would all of this fit into the rest of the curriculum? Perhaps Math would have to be chopped to accommodate all of these religious classes.

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