Creationism vs. Evolutionism in Public Schools Essays

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Debate: Creationism vs. Evolution in Schools: 1st Affirmative Constructive Speech
Creationism and Evolutionism by definition are very different topics. Currently, evolutionary naturalism is the most widely taught view of origins in America. In schools in the modern day, only evolutionism is taught and condoned. But before the 1920s, only creationism was taught, and evolution was forbidden. Then, on February 20, 2008, the Florida State Board of Education voted to revise the public school guidelines to require teachers to teach only Evolutionism. The law was passed with a very narrow 4-to-3 vote in favor of the law. Our resolution (affirmative side) is to teach both the theories of evolution and creationism side by side. This would
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The current system prevents those people from learning all the facts and making their own choices and opinions. There has been axiomatic opposition to the current policy. In November of 2008, 12 Florida county school boards passed resolutions opposing the new standards and called for “alternatives” to be taught along with the Theory of Evolution. These alternatives could include Intelligent Design or other forms of Creation Sciences. On top of that, Three republican legislators said they were considering filing a bill to force the board to specify that evolution is a theory. If this policy faces so dissension, than why is it the only theory being taught? The importance of this is very critical. The public is against a few elites who desire evolution only. Fifty survey studies were conducted around the country about teaching origins in school
• 90% of the American public desired either Creationism AND Evolution to be taught or just Creationism
• 90% of Americans consider themselves creationists of some form
• 15% of high school teachers teach Evolution AND Creationism
• 20% of high school science teachers and about 10,000 scientists (including more than 4,000 life scientists) reject evolutionary theories
If the majority of the public desires both theories to be comparatively taught, then why is the school board voting against popular opinion?
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