I think they might as well just teach it, lets the kids have a think rather than getting stuff dictated to them all the time
Errm, no. Though I agree that the education system dictating shit to kids and not letting them think for themselves is shitty but that isn’t what the whole creationism.evolution debate was about. Creationism has zero evidence to support the claims made and I really think it ruined any kind of critical thinking a child could have by saying (well God did it).
Evolution is about looking at the evidence itself, I think it would have been more fun in showing real life evolution of bacteria and microscopic organisms would be a better way to show this then a textbook.
They taught creationism in my school and none of us bought into it.
They also mentioned in passing some sort of alternative theory of evolution where there is some sort of ‘willing’ certain changes, and I headed* an interesting debate with the teacher when I surprised her by questioning her on it. She had to engage with me and convince me. Like I have said many times, I don’t trust dogma, and it is a big worry of mine that science is just as vulnerable to misrepresentations as any other world view.
All the kids in my school openly mocked anything that wasn’t “the obvious truth of science”, but they hadn’t been taught it properly, had just accepted everything they had been told, just like a religious belief, or any belief
I think having debate is much more healthy than dogmatic teachings, whatever form they may come in
*was the only one vaguely interested
I come from a school where Creationism wasn’t taught and it was a hard task getting Muslims on board about Evolution.
So let me revile you with my tale, in University.
Lecture: Evolution 101 (Or whatever)
Me and my friend are sat, me taking notes, and my friend puts her headphones on. The lecturer specifically mentions that the lecture is important as we will be having an exam on the series itself. When I prompt my friend (who is 3 years older than me) about this fact she comes out with “Oh, my mum and dad don’t believe in Evolution, so I don’t.” - Take note that her Mum has never been to school and her Dad didn’t finish his GCSEs. Not that it matters, but the fact remains that I knew her parents knew shit all about Evolution, and here was a 22 year old, sitting with me taking what her parents said as fact and not questioning it.
What I’m trying to say is, there are some smart fuckers out there like you, but there are some dumb shits out there like my friend. Finding the middle ground for that is difficult - and also, School is not the only thing that influences a child, the home does. And fear/apathy/loyalty are powerful factors in what you’ll believe in.
And though after many arguments with my mate where I tried to get her to debate with me, she would end up agreeing with me on some basic stuff, then do a 180 and go back to the beginning again. Why? Because she didn’t care.