Suppression of criticisms of evolution backfires
For the following reasons, I support the teaching of evolution in all schools:
(1) Evolution theory has long been widely accepted in the scientific community. Knowing something about evolution theory is part of being a well-educated person.
(2) A knowledge of evolution theory helps biologists understand scientific papers and modern cladistic taxonomy. On the other hand, I strongly disagree with the shopworn slogan that "nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."
However, suppression of criticism of evolution has the following deleterious effects:
(1) When the courts prevent schools from compromising among different groups by teaching or mentioning opposition to evolution in addition to teaching evolution, then schools often compromise in the only way they can -- by teaching little or nothing about evolution.
(2) Lack of candor about the weaknesses of evolution theory undermines student interest and trust in science.
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