January 9, 2008

Creationism Undermines Fundamentals Of Science Education

A coalition of 17 science organizations, including the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, issued a report in the January 2008 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal calling on scientists to get more involved in promoting science education. Specifically, the coalition is concerned that creationism and its pseudo-scientific cousin, intelligent design, are undermining science education.

The article reports the results of a national survey of 1,000 likely American voters. Among the findings were that respondents favored teaching evolution over creationist alternatives. In addition, the survey found a relationship between one's understanding of science and one's support for teaching evolution, indicating that those who know more about science are more likely to support evolution as a part of science education.
"The bottom line is that the world is round, humans evolved from an extinct species, and Elvis is dead," Weissmann added. "This survey is a wake-up call for anyone who supports teaching information based on evidence rather than speculation or hope; people want to hear the truth, and they want to hear it from scientists."
I hope that this information is disseminated widely so that it might reach those tasked with making policy decisions which impact science education.

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