Why Teach Evolution

Like it or not, we live in a world of high technology. Technology is a direct result of scientific inquiry. It is of great benefit to students to learn all they can about how science works, how it draws conclusions, and how science relates to technology.

The National Science Teachers Association calls evolution a "unifying concept." The theory of evolution is not only the foundation of biology, it directly relates to studies of biochemistry, astronomy, cosmology, geology, anthropology, and other sciences.

It would be a grave disservice to students to leave out an important theory such as evolution on the grounds that some people may not believe it. Students are free to continue to believe what they wish, but for the sake of their own cognitive growth, they must be exposed to the theory of evolution and all bona fide scientific theories so that they can better understand the workings of the natural world and make informed choices.

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