Evolution in the Science Curriculum: The Need for a Middle Ground

Brandon S Diamond


Debates over the teaching of evolution and creationism in schools abound, and very few people seem to actually know the arguments of the opposing viewpoint. Perhaps more importantly, the debate is generally waged between members with extreme views on each side, while the silent majority holds views that are more moderate. This paper describes the various belief systems that come into play in this debate, concentrating on the various forms of Judeo-Christian creationism and the theory of evolution. The paper then goes on to describe the history of the debate itself, including laws that have been passed in response to this debate, and the effects the debate is having on the way evolution is (or is not) being taught in schools. The conclusion discusses how the ideas of evolution and creationism do not have to be mutually exclusive, but that there is a proper time and place to teach each viewpoint.

Keywords: Evolution, Creationism, Science Education, Religion, Intelligent Design, Controversy, Curriculum

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11114/jets.v2i4.488


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