How would you resolve the dispute about about teaching creationism (or Intelligent Design) in public school science classes.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is the sort of question that you might want to post as a discussion since you will want to hear many points of view.

My own point of view is that science class is for teaching about ideas that are accepted by the scientific community.  It is not a venue for teaching about the ideas that various non-scientific communities have on scientific issues.  We would not, for example, teach that human beings came up from a hole in the ground that was connected to some underworld, or that the Hawaiian Islands were pulled up from the bottom of the sea by Maui while he was out fishing.  These are non-scientific explanations, just as creationism/intelligent design is non-scientific.

Religion should not be taught in science classes.  We should resolve this issue by letting scientific experts decide what is mainstream science and what is not.

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