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No Myth Left Behind: 46% Fail First Test Question on Evolution

Gallup released its annual results on the question of American beliefs regarding evolution/creationism. Once again, the creationists manage to sustain a set of beliefs that can only persist after a determined effort to withhold facts and sources and the imagination to keep them from their own children.

It seems that 46% of Americans still accept the creationist view of human origins, a share that hasn’t changed much in the last 30 years. Another 32 percent believe some god may have had a hand in an evolutionary process, while a mere 15 percent think God had nothing to do with how the rest of you turned out. From Gallup:

Gallup: Where did people come from?

 

 

 

 

I assume these numbers reflect the effects of private religious schooling and the growing trend of devising various schemes to use public dollars to subsidize private/religious schools, as reported in the New York Times.

Every time I hear Arne Duncan go on about NCLB or his Race to the Top and how we ought to be promoting clever ways to give parents more choices outside the public school system in how they teach their children, so as to improve their children’s math and engineering scores, I have to wonder why he just doesn’t make moving the numbers on this chart in a more enlightened direction as a measure of what “success means.” That chart shouts “failure” when I look at.

After all, I’m not sure how you expect our kids to keep up with those Chinese wizards in math and science when our own kids have to suffer an existential, emotional breakdown when they’re asked to calculate how long the earth has been here or what it means for people to be able to think rationally.

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No Myth Left Behind: 46% Fail First Test Question on Evolution

Gallup released its annual results on the question of American beliefs regarding evolution/creationism.  Once again, the creationists manage to sustain a set of beliefs that can only persist after a determined effort to withhold facts and sources and the imagination to keep them from their own children.

It seems that 46% of Americans still accept the creationist view of human origins, a share that hasn’t changed much in the last 30 years.  Another 32 percent believe some god may have had a hand in an evolutionary process, while a mere 15 percent think God had nothing to do with how the rest of you turned out.  From Gallup:

Gallup: Where did people come from?

 

 

 

 

I assume these numbers reflect the effects of private religious schooling and the growing trend of devising various schemes to use public dollars to subsidize private/religious schools, as reported in the New York Times.

Every time I hear Arne Duncan go on about NCLB or his Race to the Top and how we ought to be promoting clever ways to give parents more choices outside the public school system in how they teach their children, so as to improve their children’s math and engineering scores, I have to wonder why he just doesn’t make moving the numbers on this chart in a more enlightened direction as a measure of what “success means.” That chart shouts “failure” when I look at.

After all, I’m not sure how you expect our kids to keep up with those Chinese wizards in math and science when our own kids have to suffer an existential, emotional breakdown when they’re asked to calculate how long the earth has been here or what it means for people to be able to think rationally.

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John has been writing for Firedoglake since 2006 or so, on whatever interests him. He has a law degree, worked as legal counsel and energy policy adviser for a state energy agency for 20 years and then as a consultant on electricity systems and markets. He's now retired, living in Massachusetts.

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