ERIC Number: ED207904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-1
Why the Evolution/Creation Battle Rages: What Educators Can Do.
The author explores the evolution/creation conflict and suggests what educators might do to fulfill their responsibilities with the least offense to the religious beliefs of creationists and with respect for students' right to understand their Western scientific heritage. The paper begins with a history of the confict between creationists and those who believe in evolution. The author explores the movement of evangelical fundamentalists who in the 1920s sought to dislodge evolution and in the 1980s seek equal time for creation science alongside evolution theory. Going back before Darwin to the early church, this dispute is long range over the origin, nature, and future of man, and the universe. It has often been expressed in clashes between religion and science, fundamentalism and modernism, and now born again evangelism and secular humanism. Court cases are described. Creationist organizations and strategies are discussed. Resolutions and policy statements of various groups are included and arguments for and against evolution, scientific creation, and equal time are presented. The last part of the paper talks about what educators can do. School districts should anticipate and prepare early for problems likely to arise. A "Procedures Committee" charged with dealing with conflict situations should be organized. This committee should assemble, maintain, and make available a library of information on evolution/creation and gauge community feelings. Clear procedures to reduce conflict, such as having complaints written and signed, should be articulated. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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