Should Creationism be taught in schools?

There are many people who believe that the world is 6000 years old. Should we allow them to teach this to our children as a fact?

There are many people who believe that evolution is nonsense. Should we allow them to tell our children that it is nonsense?

There are many people who think god put fossils in the rocks. Should we allow them to tell our children that this is what happened?

There are many people who believe there is a god. Should they be allowed to tell our children that god is a fact?

There are many people who believe that their religion is right and all the others are wrong. Should they be allowed to tell our children that their religion is the only right one?

There are many people who believe that the Old Testament, or New Testament, or the Koran, or the Upanishads, or the Vedas, or the Talmud, or the Bhagavad Gita, is the word of god. Should they be allowed to instruct children that this is so?

15 thoughts on “Should Creationism be taught in schools?

  1. Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    I believe we all should live in harmony with each and in doing so we should all respect the views of each other. Whether there is a God or not or which religion we follow is up to each individual and no other persons or organisation should decide otherwise.

    Religions are beliefs and not a matter of fact and should never be held to be based on facts. Many of the religious scriptures were written many years after the events with no proof they occurred except for hearsay.

    If religion make you feel good or not is up to the individual and not any other.

    Respect each other and their beliefs, but do not dictate these to others, leave this to individual choice.

    By all mean advise children the different religions but no one should say one is better or not than the other. Children should be allowed to make up their own minds, but they should be taught respect, understanding, compassion and that we all have a right to live our own lives, provided we all abide by the laws of the land.

  2. Well, Opher, to not allow others to have those opinions is no different than the politicians you disagree with telling you YOU can’t have your opinions. Seems to me we can’t have it both ways. 😉

    1. I think you have misunderstood Anna. I am not opposed to their being a balanced discussion on creationism and other religious views and none. I am totally opposed to creationism being taught as fact in science lessons. It is nutty and has no place in science. Neither should children be indoctrinated with creationism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism r any other. There should be no place r indoctrination in schools.

      1. Cheryl – there are no facts in science. There is evidence and theories. I think that is a bit different to the dogmatic assertions of creationism.

      2. Well thankfully there are a vast majority of people of faith who believe that science and religion aren’t mutually exclusive. But we don’t read much about those people. I wonder why that is…

  3. Let’s leave those teachings out of publicly-funded schools and restricted to the homes and places of worship.

    1. I am not sure John. Either we banish religion out of schools or we open up a comparative study of all religions as well as atheism and debate it. I think I’m in favour of non-partisan debate. Certainly I think creationism has no place in science; it’s a fundamentalist belief.

      1. Are you suggesting creationism is taught in British schools’ science curriculums? If it is, I am very surprised since from my experience of school science, no element of religion entered the teaching or discussion. Was creationism taught in your school as part of scientific learning?

      2. Yes Bede – there are American evangelists who have bought into the academy system here (under the Tories) who are teaching creationism in our schools in science. Out in America there are many schools teaching creationism. When I taught in LA back in 79/80 I had to spend 50% of my science teaching to creationism and 50% to evolution. I treated it as a joke but it was serious stuff. I had parents sitting in my lessons stony faced with egg-timers!

      3. I’m kind of scratching my head, Opher, because in all my 12 years of school here Creationism was never taught. Not for me or my kids. And to my knowledge it’s sill not. The only religion I’ve ever seen here is for Mormons who get a class release to go next door to the Mormon “seminary” for an hour a day. But that’s just the Mormons.

      4. That doesn’t surprise me Cheryl. My understanding of the American Education system, which might now be out of date, is that it is fragmented – different states and regions have totally different systems. Is that not still the case?
        Just having a look on the web came up with this map of where it is being taught:
        I don’t know how accurate that is but it does seem to indicate that there are quite a lot of instances.

      5. I’m not surprised by that map. The three dots you see in Utah are no doubt the Mormons. The rest seem to be in the Bible belt. Interesting.

      6. I do find it more than a little disturbing. I can understand there being a discussion but in this day and age to actually teach creationism in science lessons is disquieting. It is based on religious faith not science.

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