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Does creationism indicate bad education? (If so how can we fix this, and should it be taught?) Does Creationism have any credibility to it?

I started this debate, with a new aspect (or perspective) on our current education problem. Considering many focus on how to motivate students and various other aspects. Yet this (creationism) still remains a big problem to the American education system today, and I don't think many people think about this when they consider the education system today.

I feel I should have probably made this clearer, when I say creationism, I am making reference to the type of creationism which tell people "Evolution is wrong". (Or in other words the "Creationism vs Evolution" debate).

Creationism - http://www.creationism.org/
Does it have any credibility to it? Should it be considered a science?
Considering due to recent polls 46% of American believe in creationism.
Link :
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/americans-believe-in-creationism_n_1571127.html

Many psychological studies have shown a strong correlation between a lack of education and creationism. These studies indicate that not many creationists actually understand what the scientific method is.
With all this talk of how to "improve education" surely it would be wise, to finally finish the "Creationism vs Evolution" debate, if we wish to ensure a better scientific education!
Watch this 3 minute link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTedvV6oZjo (By Lawrence Krauss)

Here are some reasons, people believe creationism should be taught in schools, which I believe are false :
http://listverse.com/2013/02/07/10-reasons-creationism-should-be-taught-in-school/
Considering, if the polls are to be believed, 46% of Americans are missing out (in my opinion) on a proper scientific education.

I think it is worth mentioning though, that I am fine with "Theistic evolution".
A good book recommendation on this matter is "Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution" by Kenneth R. Miller. I personally have never understood the claim "Atheism = Evolution"...

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    May 15 2013: I believe beliefs get in the way of gathering knowledge. As soon as one knows the truth they stop (or at least slow the) looking for truth (that might be contradicting). On the one hand, one can take off on a relentless swirling search for truth knowing that one will die before ever holding total truth or one can believe their parent’s truths and be continent in that knowing for the rest of their lives. Science is the prior. I am all for telling the class of the latter in passing but not for grade. My reasons for that are…

    Education can be an imparting of facts or knowledge but it should also be training in how to think. Similarly it has been said; Give a man a fish or teach them how to fish... Though both evolution and creationism will dole out their respective facts but only the prior will teach the art of searching while the later will inevitable fall back upon it conclusion without any need for searching—just believe.

    I know some believe that belief is more important than searching. So this debate is really about which is king and which is best kept as servant.

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