Many evolutionists who want to change the values of students are very concerned about not being able to kill off creationism in the classrooms despite claiming victory in the courtrooms. Two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania did a study and have come up with a few suggestions in combating what they consider to be a problem…
Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer, professors of political science conducted a survey which included 926 high school biology teachers on their view about evolution. Only 28 percent teach evolution without any reservations, the rest are either openly creationists or in the closet.
The survey discovered 13 percent teach creation science or intelligent design in a positive way with at least one hour of classroom time and another 5 percent answer questions about creationism or intelligent design in a positive way. While this is only a tiny fraction in a semester-long course to be that concerned about, Berkman and Plutzer’s still think it’s a credible threat to their type of education, “The boldness and confidence of this minority should not be underestimated.”
Even more concern for evolutionists is that 60 percent are on the fence, these teachers are only avoiding controversy by avoiding the topic or just teach to test or present other viewpoints in order to let the students make up their own minds. There are a few of the fence-sitters who are advocates of young-earth creationism, which Berkman and Plutzer said “would prevent them from becoming strong advocates for evolutionary biology.”
This worries some evolutionists because they feel the students will not grasp the evidence for evolution or the information would be misrepresented or omitted unlike a teacher who is totally into the story of evolution. What they believe is undermining evolution in the classroom must be broken. So the researchers suggest three things to solve this supposed problem…
1) Unless the preachers of evolution (evolutionary scientists) get more involved, they will loose the battle of students minds in the classroom. Making mention of court victories like the Dover decision in 2005 as not enough.
2) Constructing a more tightly wound education in science and evolution but mention, “further improvements in state standards may be difficult,” they asserted, “because public opinion has been remarkably immune to outreach and public science efforts over the past three decades.”
3) Indoctrinate teachers more by requiring student teachers to take a special evolution course. Not many teaching colleges provide instruction in evolution, they claimed. The survey found that teachers held to stronger views towards evolution when taking such a class.
“Effective programs directed at preservice teachers can therefore both reduce the number of evolution deniers in the nation’s classrooms, increase the number who would gladly accept help in teaching evolution, and increase the number of cautious teachers who are nevertheless willing to embrace rigorous standards. This would reduce the supply of teachers who are especially attractive to the most conservative school districts, weakening the cycle of ignorance.”
The likes of science daily endorsed indoctrinating future teachers, “The majority of public high school biology teachers in the U.S. are not strong classroom advocates of evolutionary biology, despite 40 years of court cases that have ruled teaching creationism or intelligent design violates the Constitution, according to Penn State political scientists. A mandatory undergraduate course in evolutionary biology for prospective teachers, and frequent refresher courses for current teachers, may be part of the solution, they say.”
Their whole concern sounds like something from a communist country, teachers have to basically swear their alliance with evolution. Does anyone really believe that Berkman and Plutzer wouldn’t crave the opportunity to outlaw creationism or forbid teachers to teach science who they considered to be “Darwin deniers” if they could?
You want to be a science teacher then you have to deny your religion first and then demonstrate your alliance to us, which is something communist countries do in their public schools. That would be a violation of church/state as well as freedom of religion. Americans feel it’s fair to teach evidence for evolution, but also fair to teach other views opposing it as well.
Certainly the different views like the age of the earth could be discussed and debated in a public classroom, or a global flood or common ancestry, even failed experiments that test evolution. Americans don’t live in a communist country where it needs to indoctrinate not only students but the teachers as well, we live in a democracy!