Creation has no place in our schools Essay

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Creation has no place in our schools




Creationism Has No Place In Public Schools

In society there are many diverse issues that raise intense controversy. An ongoing
conflict has been on what to tech the children in public schools about human creation.
Many religious leaders and churchgoers would like to have the biblical theory of creation
taught to the children in place of the scientific theory of evolution. This idea violates
the first amendment, would be almost impossible to implement, and will inhibit any further
expansion of children’s minds.

The first amendment of the United State’s Constitution prohibits the government from
passing legislation to establish an official religion or from preferring one religion to
another, and it also enforces the “separation of church and state.” Any law enforcing a
child to learn the creation story of a particular religion would directly violate this
amendment. If a child were so inclined to learn about one of the many theories of
creation, (s)he could go to a nearby church and learn about it. Americans’ tax dollars
should not pay for this type of education when it is offered free through a tax-exempt
church.

Aside from being against the law, teaching the theory of creation in public schools would
also be economically and physically impossible. In order to teach this theory of creation,
teachers would have to be trained specifically in this field and would need to be careful
not to offend any of the students. In order to satisfy all the students, many different
theories would have to be taught, unless all the students happen to be of the same
religious background. The United States is a “melting pot;” people from many religions and
ethnic backgrounds make this country their home. Therefore, finding a public school where
every student has the same religious beliefs would be next to impossible. Trying to teach
all of this subject matter in science class while teaching evolution as well wouldn’t be
possible with the amount of time given for each class. Creating new classes would cost
the taxpayers’ lots of money for something that is otherwise offered free at a church.
Besides, a public school’s objective is to teach children to think for themselves and
religion teaches just the opposite. Religion solves all unanswered questions with, “It is
this way because God made it this way.” This does not teach children to use their minds,
instead it teaches them to take the easy way out.

Even if the theory of creation wasn’t against the law and could easily be places into a
public school’s curriculum, would it be a wise choice? Creationists want children to
believe that each and every one of them was created from God for a special purpose. They
want children to feel special and safe. It seems some creationist don’t disbelieve the
theory of evolution because it lacks logic and facts, but rather because it makes them
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