ERIC Number: EJ770992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Evolution in Schools: Where's Canada?
Wiles, Jason R.
Education Canada, v46 n4 p37-41 Fall 2006
Recent events in the United States have brought anti-evolution efforts into the forefront of the media's coverage of science education, and it makes press in Canadian outlets as well. Canadians can be regularly heard scoffing at American debacles such as the controversy regarding the denigration of evolution in Kansas's science standards, the anti-evolution "warning stickers" only recently removed from science textbooks in school districts in Georgia and Arkansas, the legally defeated "Intelligent Design" (ID) policy of the Dover Area School District in Pennsylvania, and the spate of on-going anti-evolution legislation in several states. While it is easy to deplore such egregious anti-science activity south of the border, Canadians need to be aware that rejection of evolution, anti-evolution education efforts, and neglect of evolution in schools are problems in this country as well. Indeed, Canada has several creationist groups...almost one in every province, and there are others focusing on the nation as a whole. What effect these creationist organizations are having on Canadian students remains to be seen, but Canadians would do well to acknowledge that, even though they may not see as many battles over evolution as there have been in the U.S., they may not be doing a much better job of teaching their students about evolution. The resulting ignorance will not serve the students well. In Canada, much as in the U.S., now is the time for educators to rally in defense of the teaching of evolution. (Contains 11 notes.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creationism, Evolution, Science Education, Science Curriculum, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada