Teach both evolution and creationism say 54% of Britons
By PHYLISS - ALL YOUR MINDS ARE BELONG TO US - UPDATE FROM DERREN BROWN AND THE ENIGMA CREW
Added: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:00:00 UTC
Also reported on BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8322781.stm (link thanks to Perry) and guardian.co.uk http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/oct/25/teach-evolution-creationism-britons (link thanks to epeeist).
British Council poll finds UK adults overtake Americans in wanting science teaching in schools to include intelligent design.
More than half of British adults think that intelligent design and creationism should be taught alongside evolution in schoolscience lessons – a proportion higher than in the US.
An Ipsos Mori survey questioned 11,768 adults from 10 countries on how the theory of evolution should be taught in school science lessons.
About 54% of the 973 polled Britons agreed with the view: âEvolutionary theories should be taught in science lessons in schools together with other possible perspectives, such as intelligent design and creationism.â
In the US, of 991 adults responding to the survey, which was organised by the British Council, 51% agreed that evolution should be on the curriculum alongside other theories, like intelligent design.
Across the 10 countries, 43% agreed with this statement.
It was found that Britons were almost three times more likely than Egyptians to want creationism and intelligent design to be included in the teaching of evolution.
Creationism holds that the origins of humanity and the Earth are recent and divine, as related in the book of Genesis. Strict creationists believe Adam and Eve are the mother and father of humanity and that God created the Earth in six days. Advocates of intelligent design argue that some features of the universe and nature are so complex they must have been designed by a higher intelligence.
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