13% of High School Bio Classes Push Creationism
Only 28% advocate evolution; most take middle ground
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2011 5:29 PM CST
Updated Jan 30, 2011 12:30 PM CST
An undated file photo showing Michaelangelo's fresco "La Creazione" (The Creation), one of the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – About 13% of high school biology teachers nationwide push creationism as the process by which humans came to exist on Earth, LiveScience reports. A Penn State survey found that the majority of bio teachers—about 60%—take a soft stance on the contentious issue, avoiding definitive statements about either creationism or evolution to avoid controversy.

But two minorities take firmer stances for their chosen positions: 28% of teachers teach evolution and discount creationism, while 13% agreed they "explicitly advocate creationism or intelligent design by spending at least one hour of class time presenting it in a positive light."

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MisterPlinkett
Jan 31, 2011 6:37 AM CST
this seems surprisingly low.
tenncrain
Jan 30, 2011 6:37 PM CST
I'm a former young-earth creationist. I grew up a faithful YEC, went to fundamentalist parochial schools. However, I now feel that ID/creationism undermines both science and religion. I also think that young-earth creationism in particular (which usually includes so-called flood geology) can cause Christians needless spiritual pain (like what I went through as I dropped my YEC beliefs) as they look outside their cloistered upbringing and learn the objective findings of mainstream science. Leading YECs little aware that many former YECs experienced turmoil to the point of losing their Christian faith altogether (I know many people, both personally and online, that ended up this way). Not only this, young-earth creationism probably also drives away many agnostics/atheists, and people of other religions that may be tempted to convert to Christianity but then are repulsed by the scientific hollowness of young-earth creationism. I still have my Christian faith, although it remains touch-and-go. Talking with many Christians who accept evolution has helped. Somewhat more noteworthy, I've had the pleasure of exchanging emails with geophysicist Glenn Morton: http://home.entouch.net/dmd/ http://home.entouch.net/dmd/gs... Glenn is one of the better known ex-YECs, he once was active in YEC organizations like the Creation Research Society and Institute for Creation Research. Anyway, I wonder where I might be today had I been taught more mainstream science instead of the pseudoscience drilled into me. It’s sad to think so many kids who may have a natural interest in science are being muzzled for (misguided) religious reasons.
stevsie
Jan 30, 2011 2:51 PM CST
all school should be private.