I find this very depressing. Do those teachers believe that they should also teach the possibility that water is H3O, that Bacon wrote Shakespeare and that babies are brought by storks?
The logic is exactly the same: and there is just as little, or as much, scientific controversy about the idea of evolution as there is about those of physics and chemistry.
Next year is, of course, Darwin Year " the 200th anniversary of his birth and 150th anniversary of publication On The Origin of Species). It is my profound hope (likely to be disappointed) that teachers and everyone else should learn to stop treating him as a prophet, or a pariah, or a philosopher, or even as a trained ecclesiastic who turned to atheism " and just take him for what he was, the greatest biologist in history.
He made biology into a single science linked by the idea of evolution, rather than a bunch of ideologies.
Steve Jones is professor of genetics and head of the biology department at University College London. His lastest book " due for publication in the New Year " is Darwin's Island
The 'Michael Reiss position' is defensible. Just as a chemistry teacher might discuss the phlogiston theory, or a physics teacher might discuss the Ptolemaic theory of the planets as history of science, so it is defensible to teach that there are people called creationists, and they believe what they believe.
But if teaching creationism 'alongside' evolution means what it seems to mean, it is no more defensible than teaching the stork theory alongside the sex theory of the where babies come from.
If 29% of science teachers really think creationism should be taught as a valid alternative to evolution, we have a national disgrace on our hands, calling for urgent remedial action in the education of science teachers. We are failing in our duty to children, if we staff our schools with teachers who are this ignorant " or this stupid.
Prof Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and fellow of New College, Oxford. He wrote The God Delusion
"School science lessons provide wonderful opportunities for students of all ages to be introduced to scientific thinking about the origins of the universe and evolution of life. At the same time, some students have creationist beliefs. The task of those who teach science is then to teach the science but to treat such students with respect."
This article is full of crap.
First the article completely misses the boat on the educational issue involved. Actually there are two questions for science teachers that are not at all connected.
1) Do you believe that there is any doubt about the invalidity of Creationism?
2) Do you believe that educators should be sensitive to the cultural and religious beliefs of the communities they serve?
There is a big difference between the two issues here.... Even people who fully understand and fully accept Evolution as the only scientific theory of life can, as an educator, think about how to best serve their students and their families.
To what extent do you agree or disagree that, alongside the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory, creationism should be TAUGHT in science lessons?
To what extent do you agree or disagree that, alongside the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory, creationism should be DISCUSSED in science lessons?
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "Creationism is completely unsupportable as a theory, and the only reason to mention creationism in schools is to enable teachers to demonstrate why the idea is scientific nonsense and has no basis in evidence or rational thought"?
I suspect the study was a push poll to make a one-sided political argument that is very unscientific indeed.
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Quote:"School science lessons provide wonderful opportunities for students of all ages to be introduced to scientific thinking about the origins of the universe and evolution of life. At the same time, some students have creationist beliefs. The task of those who teach science is then to teach the science but to treat such students with respect."
This quote is the key point in the article.
Foofie people in the mass do not think that way.
And we had always had a love/hate family relationship with the mother country.
Right after our first little war with them we knife the French in the back and they not the French was our major trading partner. In fact trade increased with them after we was no longer tie to them
Native Americans might just get the right to determine what the mother country is!