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Should evolution be taught in public schools?

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“Yes, because it’s science.”

“Yes. It’s a theory, and it should be taught. It’s a disadvantage to the students if you don’t.”

“Yes. It’s science and should be taught.”

“Definitely. The science community has long seen evolution as the correct way to teach the history of the Earth, and creationism is based almost religiously, and each religion has their own history.”

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Eride 6 years, 3 months ago

I just think these two quotes are halarious. I can't believe this was typed in the same post...

"Evolution says that in a soup of unknown composition, a single cell organism suddenly came to life, and over billions of years, with no proof, "

"The Bible says life comes from the living God:"

The bible is proof? You have proof that there is a living God? That any god exists at all?

This is why Religion DOES need to be kept separate from Science. Organized Religion is a structured belief system, it requires faith in things that cannot be challenged. This completely conflicts with Science.

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bobberboy 6 years, 3 months ago

Ask yourself what should we teach in school fact or fiction.

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Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

Evolution says that in a soup of unknown composition, a single cell organism suddenly came to life, ==== More ignorance, particularly the "suddenly" part. Read some books. For example:
What Is Life? by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan
PS: Most of the composition is also known.

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Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

This question even being asked is scary. Why are we rejecting the last 500 years of progress, and science itself? Imagine having legislation proposed in the 2008 legislative session on topics like, "Should witches be burned, and can you rip out someone's tongue in a public ceremony for cursing the divine?

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Logan5 6 years, 3 months ago

By all means, let's eliminate evolution from our school cirriculum! But wait, then we must also remove cosmology and astronomy. And while we're at it--those geologists and archaeologists are just wrong. They caused all these difficulties in the first place. Throw them out too. To get the job done right, let's just eliminate science. Nobody likes to have to take it anyway, do they? Think how this would bring up student's test scores for no child left behind. It's a win-win.

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hujiko 6 years, 3 months ago

JoeU says: "Evolution says that in a soup of unknown composition, a single cell organism suddenly came to life, and over billions of years, with no proof, changed into fish, then reptiles, then mammals, then humans."

Let me narrow it down... "with no proof"

Then JoeU makes sure to state: "life comes from the living God"

Where is your proof that a "living God" of any sorts exists on any level? Your blind faith in something "with no proof" staggers me to no end, and yet you are not the only person with this thinking. I have little faith in humanity ever getting passed it's ignorance, it makes me wonder if we could ever evolve out of this primitive thinking. Doubtful.

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scenebooster 6 years, 3 months ago

Jojo would take Him to the rack.

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Jock Navels 6 years, 3 months ago

let's argue about whether or not the world is flat. no, no, let's argue about whether or not the world is the center of the universe. no, i got it, let's argue about god's will and jo jo white's shot at the buzzer.

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purplesage 6 years, 3 months ago

Evolution - and competing theories of origins - are appropriate curriculum for science class in the public school. The problem is that evolution is the only idea allowed. It is "fundamentalism" in the worst sense, allowing no questions, permitting no other ideas.

BTW, intelligent design is NOT religion. It is one of those impermissible alternatives to evolutionary theory.

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i_tching 6 years, 3 months ago

If intelligent design and creation science were taught in public school science classes, then many young people would realize that these things are stupid, silly, arrogantly religious, and fraudulent.

So I say, let the teaching begin.

Creationists and ID advocates are stupid insecure jerks. Let everyone know. Test kids on this. They're not all idiots.

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blackwalnut 6 years, 3 months ago

Oh no, here we go again!

Kansas sucks. Every few years Kansas have to make their state into a laughing stock for the rest of the nation. When will they give it up!

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DirtyLinen 6 years, 3 months ago

denak (Anonymous) says:

Why in the world would they even ask this question anymore? With everything that is happening in the world today do we really have to have to have this discussion right now.

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Check the dateline - Feb. 15th, 2001. The question should be why are we answering this question almost seven years after it was asked?

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PaulBurnett 6 years, 3 months ago

Sorry, JoeU - it is well established that you can't teach religion in public schools. Creationism is religion - you can't teach religion in public schools. Get over it.

Your lack of understanding of evolution is staggering. Please read some introductory explanation of evolution, such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution

Just because you don't believe something doesn't mean it's not true (no matter how much you wish it wasn't true). Why would you want the kids in the public schools to be as ignorant of evolution as you are? (And I really do mean "ignorance" in the nice way.)

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JoeU 6 years, 3 months ago

"Should evolution be taught in public schools?"

Sure, but when evolution is presented along with creation science, evolution gets exposed as a godless religion full of science fiction.

Excluding God and teaching only evolution has been a foundational tenet of Communism for many years. And now it is being promoted in our schools.

Evolution says that in a soup of unknown composition, a single cell organism suddenly came to life, and over billions of years, with no proof, changed into fish, then reptiles, then mammals, then humans.

Science, as an example in the Law of Biogenesis, says "life comes from life"

The Bible says life comes from the living God:

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?boo:

Science and the Bible agree. Let's teach the truth.

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denak 6 years, 3 months ago

Why in the world would they even ask this question anymore? With everything that is happening in the world today do we really have to have to have this discussion right now.

Evolution is a proven, scientific fact. It should be taught both on the micro and macro level. To do otherwise, is to cheat our children out of a well rounded science education.

Of all the question the LJWorld can ask right now, this just seems a little rehashed.

Dena

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PaulBurnett 6 years, 3 months ago

Not only should evolution be taught in public schools, but the pseudoscience of "intelligent design creationism" should NOT be taught in public schools.

Creationism, based on a literal interpretation of the creation stories of Genesis, is obviously religion and courts have ruled creationism cannot be taught in public schools because religion cannot be taught in public schools. So the creationists tried again, and in 1987 the US Supreme Court ruled that "creation science" could not be taught in public schools. So the creationists tried again, and in 2005 a Federal judge ruled "We have concluded that intelligent design is not science, and moreover that intelligent design cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents." What this ruling means is that "intelligent design" cannot be taught in public schools.

Now what the creationists are trying to get away with is to let evolution be taught (and hope everybody forgets about the whole "intelligent design" fiasco), but introduce a couple of code phrases into the dialogue, "weaknesses" and "critical analysis."

Every scientific theory (and in the world of science, "theory" is as good as a fact, but maybe scientists are only 99.99999% certain something is perfectly true, so they call it a theory, like the "theory of gravity" or the"theory of light" - a "theory" is NOT a wild guess) is energetically debated and refined by discussions among scientists. Not all scientists agree 100% on anything, and creationists exploit these scientific disagreements, saying they are "weaknesses" in evolution. But they're not.

(Creationists also use lots of other dirty tricks to find "weaknesses"in evolution, like looking for very old scientific articles which have since been disproven and saying "Look how wrong this scientist is!" Or they will use "quote-mining," where they quote only parts of a scientific article but leave out the useful parts.)

"Critical analysis" is another term you might hear, where creationists want grade school and high school students to look at college-level and Doctorate-level articles (some of which are outdated, and some of which are have been quote-mined) and say "Does this make sense to you if you critically analyze it?" All they're trying to do is plant seeds of doubt so students will be turned off to evolution and biology and science - just because evolution and biology and science disagree with their creation story.

Right now, Kansas' creationism problems are not as much in the news as those of South Carolina, Texas and Florida. If you want more information on what is happening on this issue, read Barbara Forrest's paper, "Understanding the Intelligent Design Creationist Movement: Its True Nature and Goals," available at http://www.centerforinquiry.net/uploads/attachments/intelligent-design.pdf

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Theno21 6 years, 3 months ago

kids should be taught the truth, which is the Darwin evolution theory!

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