Tuesday, August 30, 2005

On Openness to Teaching Creationism

Pew Forum has just released results of its most recent survey on religion and public life.

The survey reveals that, at the present moment, 64% of Americans say they are "open to the idea of teaching creationism along with evolution in the public schools."

Just looking at the summary results, two questions enter my mind. First, does this figure represent the percentage of Americans who think that the scientific method can either prove or disprove creationism? Or, second, does this figure include people who believe that creationism should be taught in classes on comparative religion while evolution should be taught in classes on science?

I'll have to examine the full 45 page report to see if it sheds any light on these questions. If it doesn't, then the survey questions were not sufficiently precise to draw conclusions of real significance.

2 comments:

Greek Shadow said...

The Rio Rancho school board has just voted to have I D taught. This is like the creeping crud that won't go away.

SpookyRach said...

That's the problem with polls. The questions are almost always drawn in such a way as to support the writer's foregone conclusions.