Saturday, March 11, 2006

Americans are not "evolving". This will cause some dismay in the educational and scientific communty, and give Richard Dawkins indigestion.

A Zogby International poll shows 69 percent of Americans believe public school teachers should present the evidence both for and against Darwinian evolution.

The poll also showed that only 21 percent think biology teachers should teach only Darwin's theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it.

It is not just one group of Americans, either, in case you thought the survey only addressed Bible Belt Fundamentalists. In fact, a majority of Americans in every sub-group were at least twice as likely to prefer this approach to the current science education strategy of presenting only Darwinism. For example, 88 percent of Americans 18-29 years old were in support of teaching both, as were 73 percent of Republicans, 74 percent of independent voters, 69 percent of African-Americans, 70 percent of 35-54 year-olds (Yea team!)and even 60 percent of Democrats.

Nonetheless, our schools continue to ignore public opinion and push their agenda. The silent majority should begin to shout.

Even within the scientific community, there are questions on evolutionary theory. More than 500 scientists with doctorates signed a statement expressing skepticism about Darwin's theory of evolution. The statement includes an endorsement by members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Russian Academy of Sciences.
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