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Should evolution be taught in the public schools?
Logic & Programming
Pages 7 (1757 words)
Introduction Perhaps no school lesson is more fraught with controversy then the theory of evolution. On the one side are the parents who believe that the theory of evolution is a necessary part of a child’s biological education, and, without this knowledge, children cannot possibly understand more complex biological and medical theories which rely upon evolution for explanation.
While both sides have valid arguments, the argument for teaching evolution in public schools clearly trumps, because parents have a right to ensure that their child gets the best education possible, and a failure to instruct on evolutionary theory in the public schools clearly undermines this basic right. Argument The theory of evolution, which states that species have evolved over time, is a theory which must be taught in public schools. Lerner (2000) states that there are good standards for what school children should know about the theory, depending upon the child’s grade. He states that children from grades kindergarten to third grade should understand that living things reproduce, and that the offspring may not be exactly like their parents. They should also understand that a living things must grow up or change before reproducing. Another fact that they must learn is that the earth is over four billion years old. When children are between the ages of nine and twelve, they should be taught about how evolution results in competition and survival between and within species, and the factors that go into species survival, such as environmental, predatory and temperature factors. ...
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