MUST-READ story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, almost 1/3 of PA science teachers are actually science deniers who both believe in and teach Creationism/Intelligent Design! Make sure to click the link to read the entire article.
Regardless of the court decisions, creationism continues to find an audience in public schools, limiting students’ education in one of biology’s fundamental principles.
Michael Berkman, a Penn State University professor of political science and co-author of the book “Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control America’s Classrooms,” said science teachers’ reluctance to teach evolution leaves students with a diluted understanding of “the driving theme of the biology course, beginning to end.”
“It washes it out so it doesn’t have the flavor and excitement of science,” he said, noting it results in “dry and uninteresting” science classes. “Some teachers do unbelievable stuff in the classroom but the majority don’t.”
The haphazard method of teaching evolution, undercut by a teacher’s skepticism, raises doubts in students’ minds about the science, he said.
The Post-Gazette questionnaire this spring drew 106 responses from science teachers. It asked them to choose one or more answers to a question of what they believe in: evolution, creationism, intelligent design or not sure/other.
Ninety percent chose evolution; 19 percent said they believe in creationism, not defined in the questionnaire; 13 percent said they believe in intelligent design; and another 5 percent answered “not sure/other.” Teachers were allowed to list more than one option, so the numbers don’t total 100 percent. But the clear conclusion is that while most do, not all science teachers espouse evolution, with a notable minority speaking up in favor of creationism.