Separation of Church and State: Creation and Evolution in Public Schools

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Creation and Evolution in the Public Schools On October 28, 2010, Christine O’Donnell, the Delaware U.S. Senate Candidate, posed the question “Where in the Constitution is ‘Separation of Church and State’?” O’Donnell was making a point in a debate that took place in front of a law school audience (Madison). The law students laughed at her seemingly silly question but the joke was on them. The term “separation of church and state” never appears in the Constitution. In many court cases relating to teaching creation in public schools, the First Amendment is always cited, the separation of church and state is often questioned, and creation is ruled as unconstitutional (Raloff). Evolution has become the only acceptable theory to …show more content…
Evolution continues to be questioned and it should not be the only theory taught in science classes. Teaching creation alongside evolution has many benefits including improved critical thinking, less discrimination, and an alternative theory for students to consider. Creation taught alongside evolution will improve students’ critical thinking skills. According to Linus Pauling, “Science is the search for truth” but only one scientific theory is being taught in the science classrooms (Strobel). If scientists now want future generations to continue searching for truth, then creation should be included in the school curriculum so that students can test all the options. This will improve the critical thinking process in students because they will be required to make their own decisions about what they believe. Students will be more involved in their science curriculum because it will require them to understand the topic to the fullest extent so they may voice intelligent opinions on both theories. It will also make students more informed citizens of society. Currently, there are many ignorant scientists on both sides of the creation vs. evolution debate but this is because they are either uninformed or have personal biases (Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed). Students who learn in an environment where creation and evolution are both

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