I am one who does not have a problem with “Creation Science” being presented in the public school classroom. The dilemma is about how the topic is presented to the students.
If I was a high school science teacher, I would introduce Creation Science and Intelligent Design when the subject of Evolution is discussed. My presentation would try to be fair, and I would hope that my students would make up their minds on their own.
To be honest, my point of view is biased on the evolution side. There is so much evidence supporting evolution, I treat it as almost second nature. Hopefully my students would come to to conclude that there are many flaws in Creationism.
As a taxpayer, I want our students to be challenged. One of the most effective ways is to show may points of views to a subject, especially more controversial topics. Teach them the ability to think and decide. In addition, I think the differences and particular values of various world Religions should also be taught in our public schools.
Teachers are as different as the school districts they are employed in are. One can never get away from bias in the classroom, nor in the district for that matter. As mentioned before, presentation is the key, not the fact that whether or not Creation Science should be taught. It is wrong to prevent an idea from education. If all ideas are discussed, the weaker ones fall as the strong ideas prosper.
There are places where Evolution is not taught as a fact. California Public School teachers probably never will expose the issue to their students, whereas teachers in Alabama and Kentucky may. Recently the State of Kentucky changed the word “evolution” to “change over time,” in their public school textbooks. Alabama’s state board of educations has put a four paragraph Theory of Evolution disclaimer on the science books that are used in their classrooms.
I see no problem with local school boards deciding on their curriculum. As taxpayer, we would expect that board members and teachers have common sense with the issues of the day. I would hope most teachers in the country might take up the state of Virgina’s model where they say that “students are being excluded from scientific debate. It’s time to bring this debate into the classroom.”
My tax dollars are wasted in many ways. They are not wasted when they are used to bring creation science in the classroom. American students need to challenged and make their minds up on their own.
Finally, there is one thought I would want all the proponents of creationism to know, and it could be taught universally in American classrooms: “It is not how God created man and the universe, it is that he created man and the universe.”