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Christopher Halliwell

Secondary Education Physics, Mississippi State University

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Should public schools be allowed to teach creation myths in science class?

Should christian political parties be allowed to circumvent the scientific method by using politics to put mythology in science textbooks?


Closing Statement from Christopher Halliwell

This conversation contains strongly differing opinions about public education. However, those who commented in favor of introducing creation myths into science textbooks were always religiously motivated. This is no surprise. Instead of appealing to the validity or truth of their respective creation stories, theses people appealed to "teaching the controversy". My response:

There is no controversy concerning evolution in the scientific community. "Teaching the controversy" of creation stories vs evolution is equivalent to teaching astrology next to astronomy, or alchemy next to chemistry, or magic next to electromagnetism. Without any verifiable claims to test, creation stories are not scientific. Ergo they do not belong in a science textbook.

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  • Feb 24 2013: Of course not.
    Ideology, religious beliefs, politics...none of these should not be allowed to steer the curriculum.
    As Lawrence Krauss has stated on numerous occasions...The purpose of education is to not to validate ignorance, but to overcome it.
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      Feb 25 2013: Is it more ignorant to deny information, which creates a taboo around said information. Or, is it more ignorant to allow "ignorant" information to be educated, knowingly?
      • Feb 26 2013: What are you saying here? I honestly don't understand your response.
        Creationism is based on ignorance of the world and how it runs. It denies evidence and replaces it with wishful thinking.
        Just because you want to believe something realllllly bad doesn't make it true. It makes you delusional.
        There is no controversy between the theory of evolution and the hypothesis of creationism and the mountain of evidence supporting evolution has to be what is used to set curriculum not some half baked religious interpretation from a book of myths.
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        Feb 26 2013: Who is denying there are creation myths?
        Who is stopping teaching about them in history or literature or religious studies?
        No issue with debate.
        Just science class is to teach science. Creationism is not science. Its not biology. It's not geology.
        And its not creationism in general they want to teach, just a particular version that fits their theology.

        6 one eyed gods could have created the universe 6 seconds ago as it is now and giving us fake memories. There's a new creation myth for you that is just as falsifiable as many others. And there is another problem. Supernatural claims like this are not falsifiable. It's not science.

        It's almost anti science. Here is something we don't understand fully, so god must have done it.

        There is a time and a place to debate discuss young earth creationist claims etc but science class is not the place to teach non science alongside science.

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