Should Indiana Teach Creationism?

There’s a creationism bill in Indiana that managed to crawl its way out of the ooze.  There’s a poll running asking whether or not Indiana should be ok with creationism being taught.

Let’s help them out.

Should Indiana public schools include creationism as part of their curriculum?

Yes               38%
No                54%
Don’t know  9%

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • sqlrob

    As I said on twitter, they should teach it as part of the curriculum. It should be in comparative religion, not a chance in hell it should be in science. Still answered no, since the bill is about doing it in science class. Not that I trust many, if any, districts to get a comparative religion class right.

    It is entirely possible for a public school to do things right. We did the Bible in English. It was just one book, and it was taught 100% as literature, with no proselytizing. Of course, this was *mumblemumble* years ago, and there’s very, very few teachers I would trust to get this right. In today’s climate, I wouldn’t trust any.

  • rikitiki

    “…require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science.”

    That. Right there. There is no science in “creation science”. Unless, of course, they teach it in an English course — then the science in “creation science” would be the noun.

  • allen

    But JT, evolution is oooooooooonly a theeeeeeeeeeoryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. That means it’s just a guess, right? Just as valid as a bronze-age myth, right?

  • Ashley

    Also on that page, under health: “Acupuncture may boost Pregnancy success rate”. Still giggling over some of the images that triggered.

    • sqlrob

      You mean pregnancy isn’t caused by a little prick?

      try the veal, I’m here all week.

  • eNeMeE

    They totally should. Reduces competition for my future descendants!

    • lordshipmayhem

      That’s why we in Canada are enthusiastic about American states teaching bovine scatology as biological science!

  • MikeMa

    Indiana’s new education goal: To produce science graduates dumber than Louisiana. Way to aim low!

  • Adrienne

    Maybe as an example of bad- or pseudo-science….
    I think students need to learn more about scientific method and criticism so they would have the ability to understand why Creationism is a load of crap.