Saturday, July 17, 2010

Evolution vs. Creationism in schools: A couple of graphs

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If you ever needed a reminder of just what the situation is like regarding the scientific education in American schools, these two graphs ought to tie you over (and leave you rather depressed, though unsurprised if you pay any amount of attention to this stuff). Note that not only are the majority of teachers either misinformed, ignorant or downright delusional when it comes to the reality of Evolutionary Theory –

Graph showing participating teachers’ personal beliefs in Evolution/Creationism/Intelligent Design
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– but worse still, that’s only in those few states where evolution is actually being taught at all, and that’s if it’s even mentioned:

Graph showing which US states have curricula that teach or mention human evolution
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Note that the last chart is specifically geared towards human evolution; as it turns out, most states do include biological evolution in their educational curriculum, so the fact that even the majority of them leave out the evolution of homo sapiens is all the more worrisome. As if evolution was good enough for all those other inferior animals, but us humans? Nah, we were created by God! … or something. I don’t know what such a discrepancy implies, but it doesn’t look good.

Either way, this data certainly would help to explain why Americans in general consistently rank as “pathetic” when it comes to their scientific education and acceptance of Evolutionary Theory. If there ever was a school system that was in dire need of a major overhaul, the US ought to submit itself as a prime candidate.

Be sure to check out the rest of the interesting, revealing and rather chilling infographics over at Campus Explorer.

(via Pharyngula and Blag Hag)