Should creation be taught in public schools?

13 Feb

Humans, by their very nature, are curious beings. Owing to this curiosity that countless inventions and discoveries continue to make the life of human beings easier to live. Hence man cannot resist the call to investigate that where did he come from and why is he really in this planet anyway? How come all the necessities were placed for him here in one pebble-like planet, whereas none of the other planets come even close to supporting life? Did God create all of this and if there is no God then what combinations took place, spread over billions of years that finally accrued to give life to the first human? These questions have been asked by philosophers, scientists, cosmologists and religious scholars all alike. These questions have been answered by every one of them and the answer bears the stamp of their respective fields.

Therefore it can be safely assumed that no one answer can encapsulate the essence of the creation of human beings. Each discourse offers its own explanation while either negating that of other’s or asserting its own in a way that would tread the boundaries of self-righteousness.

This never-ending debate between the creationists and the evolutionist does not seem to be meeting a constructive end any time soon. Should the children be exposed to such vastness of the topic and diversity of opinion? Would it help them in their thoughts about themselves as human beings? It is reasonable enough to believe that children need to be taught about creation. They must know how they came into existence. Helping them in finding their origin, we have generations that are less confused about who they are and to what they want to devote their life to.

Children need to be taught a single school of thought pertaining to the concept of creation. Variety adds to different shades in the personality of an individual. Danger of extreme thinking can arise if children would be taught a single line to follow. It would shut them off their ability to widen their minds in order to accept new ideas. It would stop them from evolving.

The concept of creation holds in itself a certain philosophical tinge. This philosophy can help individuals to unearth the essence of their lives according to them. Knowing about the origin allows one to mold its life in order to fit with the demands of the source. A person who believes that God created this world would shape his life according to the principles laid down by the God. An evolutionist would abhor the idea of God and try to model his life in pursuit of science in order to deepen his understanding of scheme of things.

Schools constitute the basic educational institution of a society. If the concept of creation is taught at public schools then it would play its vital role in giving birth to a generation that is more brooding. The plague of Materialism can also be countered once the real purpose of life is made clear to the people at a younger age.

Different interpretations must not vie for their place in a child’s brain. These explanations are all accurate within their domain. Hence, these must not transgress into the limits of another. It is upon the reader to follow what he things the best. Teaching creation at public schools is a thought that must be given a serious thought. Precious time has already been lost.

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One Response to “Should creation be taught in public schools?”

  1. Invisible Mikey February 13, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    There’s an important difference between having the ability to discuss creation stories (within religious contexts) in a public school, and having it taught in public school. The name says it all. Not every member of the public wants to have a competency in that area of information taught to their children in that place. There are religious schools, religious institutions, and the family itself. Those are more appropriate places to teach about creation to kids, from whatever point-of-view their guardians prefer. Public institutions must remain more open to a variety of differing views, examining them without overt advocacy, in order to accommodate more of the diverse backgrounds of the students. Public schools contain both religious and non-religious students, and those from religious families will be from different religions, with different creation mythologies.

    When I was in public schools from ’59-’72, we were given various units familiarizing us with basic aspects of different religions. It was taught as a simplified version of what would be called “Comparative Religion” at college. The experience was useful and interesting for me. I’m grateful my teachers were so careful not to imply that any one of the belief systems was superior to others, or that disbelief in all or any of the religions was inferior. Because of that, I was better able to examine faith and philosophical alternatives, and choose for myself as an adult. It empowered my learning journey.

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