ERIC Number: ED213586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Should Creation Be Included in the Biology Curriculum?
The author discusses the activities and goals of advocates of creation science as these persons and groups work to bring about the teaching of creationism in high school science courses in which evolution is taught. It is the author's belief that the anti-evolutionism movement was stimulated by the science curriculum improvement activities of the 1960's, particularly the activities of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study. Change through time (evolution) was one of the BSCS conceptual themes. Its incorporation into high school biology textbooks resulted in textbooks containing material on evolution that was not confined to the last chapter (which might never be reached during the school year). Efforts of the anti-evolutionists have resulted in changes in textbooks produced in the early 1980's in which controversy is avoided by de-emphasis on evolution or on the exclusion of the word from the textbook although natural selection and related topics are included. Creationism, the author contends, has failed to compete in the scientific and theological worlds of scholarship and its perpetuation in public school curricula should not be used to impose religious views on students. (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
Note: Paper presented at the Area Convention of the National Science Teachers Association (Nashville, TN, November 21, 1981).