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Should evolution be taught in schools?

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“I think it is really important that evolution is taught in schools. Recently people have tried to say, ‘OK teach it as a theory,’ and while that is true, it’s like teaching electricity as a theory. I think it is ludicrous at this point that we have reached 2012 and it’s still this hotly debated topic and there’s proof out the wazoo. ”

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“Yes. So people would know what evolution is, how we changed from monkeys to humans.”

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“Absolutely. There is too much evidence to support it. ”

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“I think evolution … is based in science, which I think for science classrooms is important, and I think it is truthful. Evidence has been found to support evolution and should be taught henceforth.”

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GreenEyedBlues 5 years, 11 months ago

Aww little Declan! Cutest. Heathen. Ever. JK but his response is precious.

RoeDapple 5 years, 11 months ago

Better do it now. Won't be any schools in a few more years here in Ks. We seem to be evolving in that direction.

RogueThrill 5 years, 11 months ago

You make my social life sound much more exciting than it is.

Mike Wasikowski 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm okay with schools teaching both evolution and intelligent design/creationism as long as the amount of time devoted to each topic is equivalent to the amount of scientific evidence that supports said topic. Since the scientific evidence for intelligent design/creationism can fit on one side of a postcard, that means evolution will still get almost 100% of the teaching time in the classroom.

Topple 5 years, 11 months ago

I think you mean great great great.....x4625...great grand nephew.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 11 months ago

Romans 1:20 (NIV) "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

This verse implies that there is no separation between the natural world and God the creator in Christian teaching. The natural world is evidence of God so if a person truly wants to understand the creator, they should not be afraid of science but rather, embrace it.

In the same way, a person who claims to understand and respect science, should not be mocking a belief in an invisible God simply because they do not understand nor share that belief.

The influence of politics and its reliance on competitive debate to advance knowledge is to me a problem in our culture and permeates everything in a negative way.

Many issues like this one and the manner in which they are used by politicians adds stress to our society. I am wondering if the stress our politicians continue to create is damaging us in ways that we do not yet understand.

Scientists and religous leaders need to be concerned more with quality of life issues in this country and whether we are evolving successfully as a species. My sense is that most people, if polled, would say that they do not believe our species has a very good life expectancy.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

A few years ago I asked two boys, maybe 13 and 16 at the time, whose family all are fundamentalist Christians (creationists), which they considered to be the greater miracle: 1) The creation of the earth. or 2) The creation of light.

They were dumbfounded at that question, and could think of nothing to say, apparently nothing in church had addressed anything like that.

Genesis Chapter 1, verse 3: "And God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light."

The rest of it is more complex, I suppose. After that, evolution is a very simple and quite obvious concept once it has been explained to you, I would think.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 11 months ago

I am waiting for them to be able to grow new hearts since heart disease is such a big problem. In this way, we would actually be in competition with the laws of evolution.

Is this logical? Can knowledge leapfrog past evolution based on genetic mutation?

My guess is that evolution theory relies too much on genetic mutation. There are other forces at work. But as a science, it is very very useful to explain many things.

RogueThrill 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes. It's called Lamarckian inheritance and we've been doing it a long time. While strictly biological evolution continues to shape us, we achieve evolutionary change much more rapidly in a social context. Through transmission of knowledge, skills and tools to the next generations we are effectively evolving our own selves faster than nature can.

blindrabbit 5 years, 11 months ago

"Should evolution be taught in schools"?

Yes, if we want an educated populace that has a chance to regain our standing in the world with respect to math and science and be able to compete in a more technology driven workforce.

No, if we want to continue to drift into a more parochial, society that is not willing to accept the obvious. This trend appears to be the "darling" of many Kansans! This kind of "head in the sand thinking" does not bode well for our future!

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

I read something a while ago that seemed strange at first, but when I thought about it, I realized that it is quite obviously true if you read a lot, and know and talk to a lot of people.

In some social circles, it is almost a status symbol to be mathematically challenged.

Or at least, it's certainly used as an excuse a lot of times!

RoeDapple 5 years, 11 months ago

Them there religious extremistoes has only had 6,000 years to sort it all out. The rest of us has had since the beginning . . .

blindrabbit 5 years, 11 months ago

Observation: All of the young students polled in this survey, realized the importance of teaching evolution in the schools. Interestingly, it is the supposedly educated, fundamentalists that are opposed to this concept. It is not about learning to them, it is about control and forwarding some religious dogma that clouds the truth!

labmonkey 5 years, 11 months ago

Kansas Board of Education... the one election where it is guaranteed I will vote for a Democrat.

labmonkey 5 years, 11 months ago

Science in the classroom, religion in the home. That being said, science is based on questioning (at least it used to be before huge money became involved). Teach students evolution and perhaps bring some aspects of molecular biology into high school (I was lucky enough to have microbiology and genetics offered to me in high school... this is the first class that made me question the anti-evolution dogma that was bored into me). This way, students can see evolution unfold before their eyes.

geekin_topekan 5 years, 11 months ago

Evolution theory is pretty much universal.

Whose creation story are we going to teach otherwise? Navajo, Lakota, Umo n Ho n, or Kansa?

somedude20 5 years, 11 months ago

People are still evolving. From one cell critters, to a fish, to a monkey, to people to Jabba the Hut. It is like every meal is an all you can eat buffet here in good ole Merica

DEVO, people DEVO

somedude20 5 years, 11 months ago

Evolution #9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9#9

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 11 months ago

Science should be taught in schools. Evolution is the epitome of science.

This debate is not about evolution. It is about teaching science when it conflicts with religious dogma and ideology.

Evolution is but one example where science conflicts with fundamentalist christian dogma and ideology. There are many others.

Joe Hyde 5 years, 11 months ago

Might as well teach evolution in schools, and the earlier the better. I mean, Why not? The processes of natural selection are occuring there just like in the grownup world.

jonas_opines 5 years, 11 months ago

And yet, it has been observed to happen.

Perhaps what is really driving your opinion is a simple fear of change.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

"He who knows what he is told must know a lot of things that are not so." - Arthur Guiterman

"I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education." - Wilson Mizner

"A man can seldom—very, very seldom—fight a winning fight against his training: the odds are too great." - Mark Twain

blindrabbit 5 years, 11 months ago

ksfbcoach: Good thing you are apparently a football coach and not a science teacher based on your "crap" concept! Bet you a fundamentalist christian, bible thumping, homosexual hating, C-Street lovin, Koch-a-Kola drinkin, conservative republican well rooted in the "What's the Matter With Kansas" dogma! Good luck attempting to understand logical thought!

Kirk Larson 5 years, 11 months ago

I think it should be taught in schools certainly. Wouldn't hurt to teach it in Sunday school either but 'taint likely.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

What should be taught is the rate at which our species and society are rapidly devolving, and certainly not evolving.

kansanbygrace 5 years, 11 months ago

A scientist friend and mentor...(sometimes called Dr. Meticulous) would point to the laws of physics, particularly the elements of thermodynamics, and the fact of entropy; observing that without question "life" absolutely defied those scientific realities. He denied that "God" had a place the paradigm exclusively confined to that which could be seen, felt, weighed and measured, but acknowledged the absolutely inescapable reality of "neg-entropy", an invisible force that held chaos, dissolution, dissipation and entropic loss not in check but in absolute abeyance--that is, until "death".

That and the evolutionist/Curator of mammals at a northern university who, after spending about 35 years studying how evolution occurs, accepted the impossibility of it without organizing forces that were obviously interacting and still invisible, exactly, as he described it, as with the assumption of gravity. Undeniable, while invisible and indescribable.

He said that ultimately, physical reality is impossible without the inscrutable force some call "God."

They did not presume that the human senses were fully adequate to see, hear, smell all the forces that exist in the Universe. The presumption that there was nothing there if we couldn't put one in a jar was too obviously unsupportable.

That threw both silly sides of the vapid dualistic debate out the window.

booyalab 5 years, 11 months ago

I think everyone who has a strong opinion should get to decide what other people's kids learn, as long as it's the politically correct opinion...and you mention "science" and stuff. Not that I care about science when it doesn't serve my purposes.

pooter 5 years, 11 months ago

Since evolution and creationism both rely on the same religious substance of requiring one to take one hell of a leap of faith in order to believe in either one of them then neither POV should be taught in a government sanctioned, taxpayer supported school.

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