Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Origin of Species?

The Origin of Species?
Removing Evolution from the Science curriculum
By Emily C. Horn

Language Arts Block 7, Academic Literacy Block 4
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to believe in evolution to be a great scientist, among the names of famous scientists how believed in creation; Carolus Linnaeus, Gregor Mendel, Issac Newton, and Louis Pasteur. All were great scientists who contributed much to science, and biology. Why then if they were such great men, do we have to teach evolution to the young. In a recent survey, about 80% of people surveyed within the Midwest thought that Creationism alone should be taught in schools, 68% thought it should be taught alongside evolution, while only 5% thought that only evolution should be taught. According to other data, the majority of people, in some form or another believe themselves to be creationists. Evolution should not be taught in the school system, because it is offensive to a vast majority, and they shouldn't have to sit through it.
If racism is so frowned upon in science today, how can we let evolution slip through the cracks too. I bet that almost everyone who favours evolution being taught in school, does not know that the Full title for the Origin of species, is The Origin of Species or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Favoured Races, come on what is that about, Darwin is obviously hinting at something here we have failed to see in all our studies. On the side of the evolutionists, they think that nothing can be proven without evolution. I beg to differ, if you have any religious background at all, it can indeed. Evolutionists are getting rather bold lately, with their unabashed dogmatism, they fail to realize that 90% of people consider themselves creationists in some way or another. According to the US department of education, Students do have rights when it comes to subjection concerning conflicting points. While students can openly be excused from a discussion that conflicts their beliefs, Teachers can in fact rule out remarks that are religious, the law specifically targets objections to evolution. Everyone is entitled to their religious freedom, even in schools, and forcing kids to learn evolution, when they believe otherwise, is wrong, and is restricting that religious freedom.
I bet you did not know that many science teachers do not teach, or approve of evolution, in fact about 20% reject it completely, and 10,000 others believe in creationism. However, if evolution is taught, more people are likely to believe it, that's about only 33% of college students. Which is why we should not teach evolution in schools, when we will have to learn about it anyways in college. Based on a recent survey, 42% of people in the US believe God created us in one form or another. However 84% believe in intelligent design, which is basically that a higher being created us, not necessarily God. As you can see many people do not believe in the theory of evolution, to some it is even insulting, therefore, teachers shouldn't be forced to teach it if they don't want to, and students shouldn't have to learn it if they don't want to. On the subject of the use of the evolution curriculum, and it's preciseness, One school in Dover is already switching to an intelligent design curriculum, called 'Of Pandas and People: The Central Question of Biological Origins', meanwhile, in Atlanta, textbooks have a warning label stating 'Evolution is a Theory, not a fact' Why can we not have these labels in our textbooks? How come intelligent design is never mentioned at all, why must we sit and take it all as being true? We shouldn't have to put up with it, if we don't want to. Evolution is not a proven fact, and textbooks should not include it. How can anyone prove evolution took so long either? Look at the butterfly, it transforms itself in weeks, and comes out perfect. Why did we have too take so long to change into ourselves anyways? How can we acuratly measure the age of the earth. Carbon Dating is not acurate at all, it takes a lot of guessing, and if a scientist, measuring a rock wants it to be millions of years old, he can make it millions of years old. That is why I feel evolution is invalid in the ways of science, and the origin of life could never be tht random. In the past decades religion has been attacked for its use in schools, but why hasn't evolution. Forcing Evolution on people is like saying they can't believe in anything but. Just like Religion being tossed out of schools, Evolution needs to be tossed out, because it conflicts with the religious rights of our youth. In truth, Evolution has no place in our schools; it should not be taught or promoted in our schools.