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Old 07-30-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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Default Evolution in public schools

Should evolution be thought in public schools in the U.S.? I think it should. Tell what your honest opinion is.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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Should evolution be thought in public schools in the U.S.? I think it should. Tell what your honest opinion is.
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I believe evolutionary theory should be taught in high school and be required in college core classes.

I believe the dicrepancy between fact and theory should be clearly defined. Most descriptions of evolutionary fact will describe variance within species. Variance within species simply means survival of the fittest. Those with the genetic proclivity to adapt to changes in environment will become the dominant representatives of that gene pool over time.

This does not explain shifts from one species to another - the genetic pool for the species remains constant only the configuration changes. The DNA, or species does not change.

The other "fact" of evolution is the common gene pool. All life on earth originates from a common gene pool. This "fact" derives not from empirical data but a preponderance of evidence.

This is my understanding, if anyone has more information to share which updates, modifies or invalidates these statements I would like to hear them.
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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ALL theories should be taught. They are only theories - any of them. Sadly, schools today don't teach the basics of scientific investigation; i.e., postulate a theory and then use scientific proofs, facts and evidence to prove or disprove the theory. It was one of my daughter's biggest complaints about college (she was a bio major) - all too often, the professors were trying to 'prove' something to ensure that they got their grant money, even if all facts denied the theory that they were paid to prove.

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Old 07-30-2011, 01:03 PM
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Should evolution be thought in public schools in the U.S.? I think it should. Tell what your honest opinion is.
Is not? I am very surprised about that. Kids do not need to attend college to learn basics about evolution.
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:15 PM
 
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Should evolution be thought in public schools in the U.S.? I think it should. Tell what your honest opinion is.
Yes, absolutely. Evolution is a fact. It is also one of the major cornerstones of modern science.

Not teaching evolution in school is like not teaching physics or chemistry.

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Old 07-30-2011, 07:00 PM
 
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Yes. It would be weird if it weren't.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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Seriously, ALL theories should be taught. They are only theories - any of them.
They are only theories

Theories, for those who were either home schooled or didn't stay awake during general science are not to be confused with hypotheses.

Scientific Hypothesis, Theory, Law Definitions
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: West Texas
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I think evolution should be taught in science class, and creation(ism) should be taught in either theology, religious philosophy, or other religious class.
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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On second thought, creationism should be taught right along side alchemy, and astrology.
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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The Theory* of Evolution is the basis of modern biology.

*Hint: It's a set of empirical facts explained by a theory. It's not a hypothesis, it's not a guess. Theory means explanation in this context.

//100,000 Creationists will read this and still say "it's only a theory" in every debate on this topic.
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