Friday, January 04, 2008

US National Academy of Sciences defends the teaching of evolution

Excerpted from The LA Times:
Creationism confuses students about what constitutes science, a report says, and it should not be taught.
From Reuters
January 4, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. National Academy of Sciences on Thursday issued a spirited defense of evolution as the bedrock principle of modern biology, arguing that it, not creationism, must be taught in public-school science classes.

The academy, which operates under a mandate from Congress to advise the government on science and technology matters, issued the report at a time when the theory of evolution, first offered in the 19th century, faces renewed attack by some religious conservatives.

The report says creationism, based on the explanation offered in the Bible, and the related idea of "intelligent design" are not science and, as such, should not be taught in science classrooms at public schools.

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