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By Michael Krebs     Apr 9, 2011 in Science
In a report on an Ohio high school teacher's struggle with balancing his creationist beliefs with those of the evolution lessons he is trusted with instructing, a gulf in scientific learning is exposed.
A television report on one Ohio teacher's challenge in balancing his personal Creationist beliefs with the evolutionary theories of Darwin that the state's public school system has mandated for his curriculum has been circulated on the Internet and picked up by venues like Scienceblogs.
The report reflects an alarming issue in American public school classrooms: Are teachers editorializing their curriculum to ensure that their personal and religious views are imparted upon the students they are charged with educating?
The drive to teach Creationism in public school systems is pervasive. Tennessee's General Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that moves the state closer to teaching the religious perspective on the origins of man in a science classroom, Forbes reported on Friday. The Washington Post characterized Tennessee's efforts as: "A back-door attempt, under the guise of 'academic freedom,' to encourage public schools to teach Creationism and Intelligent Design in science classes."
However, beyond the church and state controversy, the teaching of Creationism may have a grave impact on America's long-term competitiveness in science. According to a recent Huffington Post report, the World Economic Forum slapped the United States with a ranking of 48th among measured countries in the quality of mathematics and science education provided to students.
But the video segment ends with a big bang of its own:
"How can, like, an African American person evolve from a white person," one student asked. "We're different skin."
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