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Should creationism be taught in schools? Show more Show less
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Creationism is the belief that the God in the Bible created the earth and the sky and all the things that live therein in six days. There has been furious debate about whether this should be taught in schools. This is especially an issue in the increasingly fundamentalist USA. Creationism is often described in opposition to evolution.

Creationism and evolution should both be taught Show more Show less

It can’t do any harm for both creationism and evolution to co-exist.
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Private schools should be able to teach creationism

Private schools, which are not funded by the state, should be able to teach creationism if they choose.
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The Argument

There is no problem with private schools teaching creationism if people want to pay for their children to learn that. However, no state funded or supported institution that seeks educational credibility should do so.

Counter arguments

All children are entitled to a quality education. Additionally, privileged people who have had a private education are more likely to rise to positions of authority which would allow them to affect the welfare of others so they need to have an evidence based educational background. It is inappropriate for any school, private or not, to be able to teach creationism.

Premises

[P1] If someone is paying for their child’s education, they should have some control over what is taught.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] It is irrelevant who is paying for the education. The state should ensure all children receive a high quality education, as their misbeliefs can affect their decisions later in life which can affect others.

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