Miss USA 2011 Should Evolution be taught in school?

51 delegates are interviewed about whether or not evolution should be taught in our schools. It is really saddening what these women believe in this day and age.

Comment by Mallory on June 20, 2011 at 7:21pm
I'm scared to watch. I don't think I want to know just how sad this potentially could be...
Comment by kris feenstra on June 20, 2011 at 7:27pm

Hells yeah Vermont!  New Mexico (I think) had a decent answer as well.

 

I'm not entirely unsympathetic to the 'both should be taught' view.  I strongly disagree with it, but it some cases I don't think it's coming from a bad place.  Being raised by a biology teacher, I've had thorough exposure to the issue.  Many of the women being asked that question probably haven't had it come up all that much in their lives.   They probably don't know just how significant evolution is to understanding biology.  They probably don't know that at the high school level, you barely get a dusting of the science that evolutionary theory has to offer.  There isn't enough time to teach the valid science of evolution let alone introduce all other non-scientific viewpoints.   At least the 'expose children to knowledge' is a nice sentiment.

 

A number of the women also seemed to be answering in strict political terms: don't alienate the judges.  It doesn't do it for me personally, but it is a competition and they are looking to win.

Comment by Tammy on June 20, 2011 at 7:54pm

Some of their answers were tragic. One actually said "I was never taught Evolution in my schools so....." Another said Evolution was theory ONLY and there were no facts...

 

That was painful to watch at least there were a few of them with brains. To bad there were out numbered by the idiots.

Comment by Joann Brady on June 20, 2011 at 8:33pm
unbelievable!  Mind boggling really
Comment by Rev. Chris Pagan on June 20, 2011 at 9:05pm
It saddens, but does not surprise, me that these women answer the way they did. The biggest thing I've noticed throughout this is that a majority of them think that evolution is a belief system, like a religion.
Comment by Kirsten on June 20, 2011 at 9:47pm

Thank goodness these aren't elected officials!

 

Oh wait, some of our elected officials don't "believe" in evolution either and think that "every idea needs to be taught" too. Like you know, alien abductions. 

 

Science is not a faith system!!

 

An opinion should NOT be taught. Will they allow Hindus to teach their beliefes? How about Wiccans? How about Native Americans? Why not let the lunar hoax be taught too? This is not a difficult issue. If you want to tell your kids, AT HOME, that evolution is bunk, fine. Teach them at home. Don't bring my kids into your brainwashing mumbo jumbo.

 

*Creation is not a credited theory. It never will be. It's in a book, nothing more. An old book. An old book that claims people can live to over 800 years old. Yea. No. Thanks, but freaking no.*

 

I'm going to be starting an institute: EBE, Evidence Based Education. 

 

 

This really makes me sad and angry. How is our nation supposed to advance without science??? Are we going to start research facilities where everyone just prays for new technology?  >.>

Comment by James on June 20, 2011 at 9:55pm

A few good answers, a few tragic ones and plenty of silly 'both' answers. It's sad that so many people really think that it's only a two claim subject. They say kids should be taught all the options, and then clarify it as evolution and Biblical creation. First off, evolution is the only scientific answer, and should thusly be taught exclusively in science classes. But they also want Biblical creation taught... What about creation stories of the Hindus, ancient Pagans or various tribes? Somehow they are okay with brushing them aside to ignore and claim their faith is the only challenge to evolution. A challenge it fails miserably.

 

That said, I am actually in favor of religion in schools if many religions are taught in a comparative religion course.

Comment by Great Dane on June 21, 2011 at 1:00am

Miss Arizona: "I think it is good to provide our students with both sides of the story and let them choose for themselves..."

BULLSHIT! If it is not science do not teach it (creationism) in science class!

That argument really pisses me off - it allows for all sort of bullshit to be teached in schools.

I find it very strange that creationism has managed to slip into school books in some US states. That would never happen in Denmark - we take care to teach real science and facts.

 

Comment by Billy on June 21, 2011 at 12:29pm

Well, they say they should teach ALL perspectives. They aren't realizing just how much that encompasses. 

 

I'm assuming they would vote to add a few more years to high school? K-20 ?  lol

 

 

future hooters girls of america

 

 

Comment by Billy on June 21, 2011 at 12:31pm
wanted to add, Miss South Carolina is my favorite :)

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