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Creationism in the Classroom Explored in Science Magazine

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February 8, 2011

An article published in Science magazine in late January notes a disturbing trend amongst American biology teachers to actively teach creationism in high school classrooms.

The numbers:
– only 28% of teachers consistently follow the recommendations of the National Research Council to describe evidence and fact for evolution
– 13% of teachers actively advocate creationism
– the 60% in the middle try to avoid controversy and do not endorse either – a huge failure, which rejects the very foundation of the study of biology

“Students are being cheated out of a rich science education” notes Dr. Eric Plutzer, one of the authors of the article.

Preamble from the website of Science magazine the following ©Science magazine:

Just over 5 years ago, the scientific community turned its attention to a courtroom in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Eleven parents sued their Dover, Pennsylvania, school board to overturn a policy explicitly legitimizing intelligent design creationism.
The case, Kitzmiller v. Dover, followed a familiar script: Local citizens wanted their religious values validated by the science curriculum; prominent academics testified to the scientific consensus on evolution; and creationists lost decisively.
Intelligent design was not science, held the court, but rather an effort to advance a religious view via public schools, a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause (1). Many scientists cheered the decision, agreeing with the court that the school board displayed “breathtaking inanity” [p. 765 (1)]. We suggest that the cheering was premature and the victory incomplete.

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