Creationism vs Science: Should we teach it in schools?

Hi,
yesterday I wrote kind of prologue to those series about science and creationism. I talked about looking on the other side and not just staying on your opinion. Now as I promised this post will be about the learning of creationism in schools. I also noticed that you guys actually commented on my post which I am very happy about, so thanks again!


It has already been few months but after having the discussion about creationism I remembered it again. In our biology class in autumn we were starting to learn about the life on Earth.

My teacher said that there is an evolution and there are also other version about how it happened, creationism for example. But she said that she wont be learning us about creationism and will left us with the knowledge about evolution (we learned just few basic stuff anyway).


Now when I think about it, this sounds to me kind of unfortunate[1]. Why? Because those people who wont happen to think about it in soon future will at some point get the information, but from what source? Will it be objective (not saying that teachers are always objective, but they should be)? Plus, creationism is such an important thing from the matter that so many people believe in it and in past 99% of people thought it to be true, so how should the class look like?

I think that the teacher should explain on what creationism stands. Seven day creation, how Earth is only 6,000 years old and the Great flood. Then she/he should let the students think about this. I think that on this you can so well show how argumentation work, for example student just can not say that he thinks that seven day creation is stupid. This could learn them a bit of critical thinking and argumentation, though there is one problem.

What if in the class were some people who actually belived in creation? I mean they were surely learned by their parents about creation. Of course it would be in their greatest “benefit” to tell them about evolution and why some things are simply made up about creation, but if I think about how groups of people think in classes maybe it would be kind of like showing all the other students who were taught about the “scientific way” that those two or three students are stupid. This seems to me how it could end and there would be no benefit in it at all, I can imagine how those kids could be kind of stressed if they should trust in evolution or creationism.

What to do with it? Well you could probably pretty much eliminate the problem if you would teach it in higher classes for older students when they are more self-confident and so on, but I do not have the right experience with teaching to really tell how it would end up, still I think that it is important to learn about creationism because then later when those people who did not ever bumped into such thing could easily “convert” to creationism, and as Mike M. quoted Bill Nye, it is not beneficial for the perspective of humanity to have people believing creationism because “nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate” (Thanks Mike.) And trust me, if you do not know anything about the facts that creationists are using it is extremely persuasive. And yes, large percentage of population, even adults just do not know about those things as far as I know [2]. This is because it was seemingly never important to them, this leads to distrust to science and people not supporting it. Take NASA for example, just because of landing on Moon, one of the most amazing achievments of humanity, it is by part of USA population hated, just because there appeared a group of people, who were able to create arguments, which are easy to understand, but they are not true at all. Those are for example flag flapping in the breeze or blast crater under module and so on, this is practicly the same case.

Thanks for reading, next time on those series I will probably “touch” God a little.

Dragallur

[1]Of course there is limited time in class so learning about creationism would take probably two classes, maybe three depending on the teacher.

[2]I must admit here that I do not have representative sample to tell such a thing but when I see my fellow classmates I am sure that they do not care about science at all. Plus I just found out about some people who think that Earth is flat, so thats it 😀 .

 

 

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Creationism vs Science: Should we teach it in schools?

  1. Many thanks for the shoutout, glad I could help contribute (albeit unknowingly when I made a comment the other day, lol). Great post!

    To echo a couple of ideas from my other comment, it’s my opinion that science (evolution) should be taught in school, while making a side-note of what various religions believe and then leave it up to the students to make their own journey from there. I think the best teachers dispense ideas/topics/examples to their students and encourage students to explore further, developing their own beliefs and understandings.

    I attended a parochial school from kindergarten through 8th grade and was taught Creationism. With the inspiration from a few high school teachers, I took it upon myself to broaden my knowledge and really took to science and evolution.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge people’s religious beliefs, and there is a good life-benefit that comes from belief and spirituality in general. That said, I think it’s inherently problematic to teach religion’s view of how things came to be, because there are so many different religions with different interpretations on how life works…which are based off of stories and not fact. The ability for people to be able to think critically, take in evidence and analyze it to produce a conclusion is vital for individuals and the whole of humankind.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I always like to hear views on this subject. I totally see where you are coming from but at the same time I can’t see how you can discuss religion in a science class. Surely science classes should teach facts, and in doing so I can’t see how you can discuss creationism in such a forum without sounding like your are attacking it. Ultimately the facts don’t support it and as a result science does not support it.
    I suppose the only way that this could be done would be to explain why mainstream science does not support it, after all nobody is in any doubt about that. This way you still get to cover the key aspects of creationism but you add some context to the scientific dismissal. Rather than letting people think that science isn’t open to the discussion, you actually point out that the discussion already happened and the matter is considered resolved.
    The one thing that we can be certain about is whatever approach is adopted, some people will not be happy about it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Good point though I think that it has to be said somewhere and science class is the best place, sacrfice od two classes is not so much. Because if you skip it completely people could think that science is running away from the view and adopt the creationist point of view… but I see what I wrote there and you are right thanks for the comment!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s