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Public Education: Teaching Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design

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Austin Simandl
Heather McFall
English 151
May 29, 2009
Public education: Teaching Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design
As a high school student I attended Indian Hill in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sitting in my fourth period class on yet another boring day of high school I couldn’t help but notice my science teacher acting a little peculiar. My teacher was teaching the subject of evolution to a diverse class. It is like he became a different teacher. I remember that was the fastest day of class. All through high school I noticed my teachers would act uncomfortable when dealing with the subject of evolution. Most of my teachers would quickly hurry through the lecture with little class participation and discussion. Other times I’d notice my teachers becoming bias to certain viewpoints and swaying the class activities to their side. So I wondered, do teachers feel uncomfortable teaching a subject or subjects so strongly debated over. On the other hand my teachers would never give an alternative theory or belief to counter what evolution says. With all the different opinions around the spectrum, is it impossible to narrow down one specific theory or belief to teach? Evolution, creationism and intelligent design should be taught in public schools only to inform and educate students with the knowledge from the theories debated upon.

Evolution and intelligent design are two intricate theories while creationism is a belief. Within evidence or knowledge of each theory there is a basic explanation of how life was sparked. Evolution, which is currently taught in science classes, is a process of natural selection or survival of the fittest. This means that species evolve or adapt to their surroundings in order to survive. A man named Charles Darwin is given credit to the theory because he was the first to show evidence of species adapting over time in the Galapagos Islands. His evidence can be interpreted to the creation of human species with discoveries...