Skip to comments.Darwin smacked in new U.S. poll (69% of Americans Want alternate theories allowed in class)
Posted on 03/07/2006 2:34:37 PM PST by SirLinksalot
Darwin smacked in new U.S. poll
Whopping 69 percent of Americans want alternate theories in classroom
Posted: March 7, 2006 5:00 p.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
A new poll shows 69 percent of Americans believe public school teachers should present both the evidence for and against Darwinian evolution.
The Zogby International survey indicated only 21 percent think biology teachers should teach only Darwin's theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it.
A majority of Americans from every sub-group were at least twice as likely to prefer this approach to science education, the Zogby study showed.
About 88 percent of Americans 18-29 years old were in support, along with 73 percent of Republicans and 74 percent of independent voters.
Others who strongly support teaching the strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary theory include African-Americans (69 percent), 35-54 year-olds (70 percent) and Democrats (60 percent).
Casey Luskin, program officer for public policy and legal affairs with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture said while his group does not favor mandating the teaching of intelligent design, "we do think it is constitutional for teachers to discuss it precisely because the theory is based upon scientific evidence not religious premises."
The Seattle-based Discovery Institute is the leading promoter of the theory of Intelligent Design, which has been at the center of challenges in federal court over the teaching of evolution in public school classes. Advocates say it draws on recent discoveries in physics, biochemistry and related disciplines that indicate some features of the natural world are best explained as the product of an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection.
"The public strongly agrees that students should be permitted to learn about such evidence," Luskin said.
The Discovery Institute noted Americans also support students learning about evidence for intelligent design alongside evolution in biology class 77 percent.
Just over half 51 percent agree strongly with that. Only 19 percent disagree.
As WorldNetDaily reported, more than 500 scientists with doctoral degrees have signed a statement expressing skepticism about Darwin's theory of evolution.
The statement, which includes endorsement by members of the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Russian Academy of Sciences, was first published by the Discovery Institute in 2001 to challenge statements about Darwinian evolution made in promoting PBS's "Evolution" series.
The PBS promotion claimed "virtually every scientist in the world believes the theory to be true."
69% want Intelligent Design taugtht!!!!
Take THAT, NY Slimes (Times)!!!!!!!
of course, the NY times, being socialists, never care what the people actually want.
Politicization of science turns people off.
No one likes the zealot atheist evolutionites because they are obnoxious and overbearing and now teaming up with the ACLU.
They claim to be pro-science but aren't and are really pushing their own liberal agenda vis-a-vis the culture war.
They have and are harming science including, irony of ironies, good evolutionary biological studies with their agenda driven overbearing attacks on anyone who doesn't share their close minded views.
Good for them. One in five Americans believe that the lottery is the most practical way of attaining personal wealth.
Should their views be considered when teaching economics?
The Roe Effect in action. Why not discuss competing ideas?
Oh wait, liberals only like to discuss competing ideas when discuss whether to smoke from a pipe or a bong.
So do I. The strengths and weaknesses of any scientific theory should be discussed. However, that doesn't mean putting pseudo-scientific beliefs into the curriculum to cover for any weaknesses of current scientific theory.
I'd like to know how the survey was worded.
Example of one question: "When Darwins theory of evolution is taught in school, students should also be able to learn about scientific evidence that points to an intelligent design of life.
Since there is none, the question doesn't make any sense, does it?
I never really "got" more advanced mathematics in high school. Do you think I can get enough people to vote to make math easier. Maybe get rid of some of the big numbers?
Make that 'their understanding' and it's the best explanation for the mindset of Evolutionists who restrict themselves to life and not existence.
Biology teachers should teach Darwin's theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it - 21%
Doesn't mention ID and actually wouldn't include it since it isn't science based and wouldn't therefore fall into the "evidence" category.
How do you know what they are?
It goes up to 38% when you look at people who make $25K a year or less.
"One in five Americans believe that the lottery is the most practical way of attaining personal wealth. "
I think they meant that 1 of 5 Americans think the lottery is the EASIEST way of attaining wealth, which it probably is, aside from inheriting it, which wont even cost you a dollar to buy the lottery ticket.
If most of the people support I.D. being taught in classrooms, then it should be taught, because it is the PEOPLE who's taxes keep the schools functioning.