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    Which should be taught in school science classes?

    So I have seen some people place evolution at the same level as intelligent design and even creationism in saying that it is simply a belief. While certain explainations of evolution are a belief, biological evolution itself actually has physical evidence to support it. And even Natural Selection has some evidence to support it.

    Now I actually believe somewhat in intelligent design, but also recognize that it is a belief without evidence to support it. Of course, my own beliefs on ID probably differ greatly on how most believe in ID. In fact, I probably would describe my beliefs as a hybrid between ID and Natural Selection.

    Now, I am not asking in the poll what you personally believe, but rather what you think should be taught to students. It would be good, however, to include in your response what you personally believe and/or an explanation on what should be taught.

    I think that we should only teach evidence-supported science to students and allow them to decide for themselves if they accept that evidence, completely reject it, or develop their own ideas and theories based on that evidence and/or their own beliefs.
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    Re: Which should be taught in school science classes?

    Evolution or natural selection have scientific data and should be taught in science class.
    Creationism should be taught in a philosophy or comparative religion class.

    I am an old earth Christian, so I have no problem with natural selection or even evolution as they have evidence to support the theory's.

    In the end science class is about science and scientific theory, not religion. Intelligent design if it was more than a hypothesis mite pass, but I doubt it.
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    Re: Which should be taught in school science classes?

    Considering creationism and intelligent design are not backed by science it doesn't make much sense to teach those ideas in a science class. As Blackdog stated above, those two beliefs belong in a religious studies/philosophy class.

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    Re: Which should be taught in school science classes?

    Evolution ofc.

    Intelligent design is RE. Philosophy and Ethics.
    At least that is how I did it in school


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    Re: Which should be taught in school science classes?

    Evolution. Religion should not be taught in science class.
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    Re: Which should be taught in school science classes?

    Every theory in this area
    There is only one theory in this area(with some subtheories as to the actual mechanics). Intelligent design and Creationism are not theories. They are also not science, and as such do not belong in science class, except possibly as an illustration as to what is and is not science and the scientific method.
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    Re: Which should be taught in school science classes?

    In the science classroom only evolution. Creationism and ID can be philosophy or theology class.
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    Re: Which should be taught in school science classes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    There is only one theory in this area(with some subtheories as to the actual mechanics). Intelligent design and Creationism are not theories. They are also not science, and as such do not belong in science class, except possibly as an illustration as to what is and is not science and the scientific method.
    I'm sure many people can come up with different theories in this area. The issue is how much actual evidence there is to support those theories.

    So I agree that there is only one evidence-supported theory, which is evolution. However, there could be any number of theories that are not supported by physical evidence at all, but would still be theories. A wrong theory or even an unsupported theory, is still a theory.
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    Re: Which should be taught in school science classes?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I'm sure many people can come up with different theories in this area. The issue is how much actual evidence there is to support those theories.

    So I agree that there is only one evidence-supported theory, which is evolution. However, there could be any number of theories that are not supported by physical evidence at all, but would still be theories. A wrong theory or even an unsupported theory, is still a theory.
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    Re: Which should be taught in school science classes?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I'm sure many people can come up with different theories in this area. The issue is how much actual evidence there is to support those theories.

    So I agree that there is only one evidence-supported theory, which is evolution. However, there could be any number of theories that are not supported by physical evidence at all, but would still be theories. A wrong theory or even an unsupported theory, is still a theory.
    A theory is has to be supported by evidence or it is not a theory. This is how I would support using creationism/ID in science classes, to illustrate that point. Evolution is a theory, creationism and ID are not. Knowing the difference is important for some one studying science.
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