Monday, February 13, 2006

Teaching Both Sides Of Evolution In Ohio Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas
According to a poll by Zogby International, residents of Ohio favor teaching the weaknesses and strengths of evolution.

(Evolution News) "Ohioans want Darwin's theory of evolution fully and completely presented, including the theory's strengths and weaknesses," said Robert Crowther, director of communications for Discovery Institute, which commissioned the Zogby poll. [...]

Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they agreed with the following statement: Biology teachers should teach Darwin's theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it. Less than 20 percent supported the alternative statement: Biology teachers should teach only Darwin's theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it.

This is encouraging as it would allow students to understand the debate around our origins more clearly and perhaps validate why some have left Darwins faith in the first place. It also seems that the populace are willing to go a step further, one where the politicians do not--teaching Intelligent design in the classroom.

(Evolution News) "Surprisingly, Ohioans want to go further than their leaders with 75% favoring teaching intelligent design alongside of Darwinian evolution," added Crowther. "Even after all the attacks on intelligent design by the dogmatic Darwin-only lobby, the public clearly wants to know more about the theory and make up their own minds."

Although Intelligent Design has yet to prove itself as scientific it may open the doors to other theories bashed by some in the scientific community (such as Creationism). Just as one discusses politics before choosing a party so one must discuss the theories of origins before choosing a system.

Only by analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the evolution theory (of which the latter there are many) can we enable people to decide for themselves and thus hopefully end the debate.

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1 comment:

  1. Flower arranging has nothing to do with mathematics. That's why it is not taught in math class. Intelligent design has nothing to do with science. That's why it should not be taught in science class. However:

    Supposing we were to give them equal time. And as has been suggested, expose the weaknesses of the Theory of Evolution as well as its strengths. Then to be fair and equitable, expose both the strengths and weaknesses of Intelligent Design.

    How far do you think the idea of teaching the weaknesses of Intelligent Design (or Creationism) would get with "the faithful"? I'd bet the farm, not very far at all.


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