Should teachers be required to teach the theories of both evolution and intelligent design?

  • Yes, they should be able to.

    Presenting both views on how the world came to be gives people something to think about. It lets people choose what they want to believe. But first they need to know that there are other options and a good place to start is in schools. Charles Darwin who is responsible for the Theory of Evolution found nothing wrong with religion and thought all religions are equally valid. So why shouldn't we?

  • Yes, because evolution isn't fact either.

    The opposing arguement is always that intelligent design isn't true science, when in fact, evolution hasn't been entirely proven either. Evolution is still just a "theory" and everyone knows that. If it hasn't been proven, then they should be able to teach both sides. Kid's deserve the right to know all the theorys so they can make their own decisions. If they are only taught one side, which is only just a theory, it's the same as the teachers forcing an opinion on them. If they are keeping another idea from them, it's like only teaching half of the information they should learn.

  • Yes because it's always being talked about

    Everyone's always going on about evolution versus intelligent design. It's a current hot button topic so it makes sense that students know what people are talking about. If a teacher agrees with one or other of the theories, I don't see any reason why they shouldn't say so in class, especially if they give their reasons.

  • Yes, so they can decide for themselves

    Plato would have supported the idea of teaching of both evolution and intelligent design, but it would have to be when the children are old enough to KNOW they would not be influenced one way or another. I would say wait until late junior high or high school, after they have been taught to REASON; then teach them both.

  • Students are intelligent and deserve the right to make up their own minds after hearing both theories.

    Teachers should be required to teach both theories of our existence in order to present a balanced perspective and allow students to makeup their own mind.

  • Teaching one without the other is like robbing the youth of an opportunity to learn

    If you teach students about the creation of the world, they should be able to learn about both sides of the debate from a teacher that does not feel strongly about either. Students in schools should have the ability to form their own opinions while they grow to adult hood, but to do that they must know both sides of the age old debate. Whether a god created the world or we evolved though millenia of existance; young children and young adults deserve to know about both opinions and in turn be able to form their own.

  • An educational institution should teach facts not emotions.

    The standard testing system in U.S. schools is geared to test for IQ. This is an indicator of the proficiency of the logical brain. Evolution is backed by science and is supported by a series of facts. Intelligent design is only backed by a person's opinions, therefore making it an emotional argument. Opinions being dynamic, ever-changing, and subjective in nature, they do not provide a solid basis by which one can be tested for proficiency. In conclusion, intelligent design should be left out of the curriculum due to a lack of facts, and the facts that we do know about evolution should be included in curriculum.

  • One is fact, one is myth

    Evolution is a scientifically proven process whereas intelligent design, or more truthfully, creationism has no basis what-so-ever in science. The base principles of I'd are factually incorrect and would be teaching children lies.

  • Evolution is backed by evidence while intelligent design is not.

    Teaching intelligent design would be promoting religion, which would violate the separation of church and state. It is not backed by any evidence at all, much less scientific evidence that does not promote religion. On the other hand. Evolution is backed by a large amount of scientific evidence that is not associated with any particular religion.

  • Seperation of State and Religion

    Teachers should not be required to teach the theories of both evolution and intelligent design unless the students are attending a private religious school. In the public domain, seperation of government from religion is important as the United States was founded on the principle of religious freedom. As such, if schools were to start teaching intelligent design, then why shouldn't they also start teaching about reincarnation? As you can see, it can get quite messy.

  • Dumb peoples arguments.

    For the people that argue that evolution is only a theory, you're right... It's a theory. the definition of scientific theory is a proven hypothesis that is subject to partial change in the future. So yes, evolution is proven, but not completely... Intelligent design is not proven at all and therefor should not be allowed in a science class.

  • Not in science classes

    Intelligent design is not science, and therefore is not appropriate for a science class. Save it for a philosophy or religious studies class. Alternative theories shouldn't be taught unless they are well supported by empirical evidence. By that logic, every possible alternative theory to mainstream science should be presented no matter the lack of evidence and that is simply not feasible nor does it promote scientific thinking.

  • No, Because "Intelligent" Design Is Not Science.

    Evolution, on the other hand, has been proven by numerous scientific experiments. And ID fails to match the very definition of the word "Science", in the first place.

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