Education and evolution in the 21st century

In 2011, a study was published indicating that most United States high school biology teachers are reluctant to endorse the theory of evolution in class. In 2011, eight anti-evolution bills were introduced into United States state legislatures encouraging students to employ critical thinking skills when examining the evolutionary paradigm. In 2009, there were seven states which required critical analysis skills to be employed when examining evolutionary material within schools.

My two cents

The Theory of Evolution
The Theory of Evolution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s a nice start; let’s hope the number increases in the coming years. I would like to know what the numbers were though in the 1990s; were they just as high or were legislators sitting on their hands?

I’d also like to know more about the biology teachers reluctant to endorse evolution. Sometimes I had this mental image of biology teachers as lovers of philosophical naturalism who had no problem passing that worldview onto teenagers. I wonder to what extent the teachers are pawns who are hamstrung due to the politicisation of science.

Quote source

Anon. (2012). What is causing more anti-evolution education laws to be passed in America? Will creationism friendly laws be introduced in Europe within a generation?. Available: Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.


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