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article imageOp-Ed: Bill Nye makes the case for Evolution in education

By KJ Mullins     Aug 28, 2012 in Science
Bill Nye, known as The Science Guy, says in a new video that Creationism is not appropriate for children. Nye questions why the United States, one of the most advanced technological nations of the world, is teaching creationism instead of evolution.
Nye says that the denial of evolution is unique to the United States and that view is holding back the rest of the nation.
In science evolution is the basis of life science. Scientific proof of the age of the world abounds yet some want to deny the facts when it comes to education of children.
In some states evolution is not even offered as a theory choosing to only teach the more religious belief of Creationism. This theory has children being taught that the world was created in just six days including all creatures and humans.
In June The Gallup Poll found that 46% of Americans believed in creationism, 32% believed in evolution guided by God, and 15% believed in atheistic evolution. Creationism has remained the most popular answer for the polling company for three decades with almost half of Americans believing in the theory.
In some states such as Tennessee teachers have been encouraged by their state governments to question the theory of evolution and the science of global warming during science classes.
There's a problem though with this ideal. Creationism is religious belief not proven by science. Teaching children science by means of religion instead of proven fact makes life sciences a confusing subject. Not being taught the basis of biological evolution puts a barrier for future scientists, doctors and all adults.
While the governments in some states may want to include religious theories in the classroom only 13 percent of biology teachers want creationism as part of the curriculum.
While public schools are not allowed to provide religious instruction they can have classes on religion, including the Bible or other scripture: the history of religion, comparative religion, the Bible (or other scripture)-as-literature, and the role of religion in the history of the United States and other countries all are permissible public school subjects. Public schools in the United States have forbidden Nativity Scenes during the Christmas season because of the First Amendment, the separation of church and state. Doesn't it seem odd then that these schools teach one religion's theory during science class?
Isn't it odd that a nation that came into being for religious freedom is now so stuck on one religion that it forces students from every religion to be taught a religious theory during science, a school of facts? I went to school during the 1970's in Georgia. We were not taught evolution. It was said to be a theory. Without that basic knowledge science was limited to an impossible time frame. Proven facts didn't make sense. Now four decades later education is still in the same rut. It's time for facts to be the curriculum and religious beliefs to be taught in religion classes or at ones place of worship.
Bill Nye is right, it's time for the United States to remove barriers in the science classroom to make way for students to achieve all that they can.
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