06 final position paper

06 final position paper - Jennifer Jordan English 101,...

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Jennifer Jordan English 101, Section 1413 Final Position Paper 12-12-06 Intelligent Design Should Not Be Taught in Public Schools Audience Analysis: This paper is geared towards men and women between the ages of 35 and 45 years old. These people are parents and their children are enrolled in public schools that are considering incorporating the intelligent design philosophy into their curriculum. These parents are neutral to the subject mostly because they are not very educated in the field of science. Their utmost concern is essentially what will be best for their children and their learning.
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Any concerned parent in today’s society would want to know what their children are being taught when they are sent off to public school each day. How would you feel if you found out that your child’s high school science teacher was teaching his or her students about religious issues that may possibly conflict with the values you have already instilled in them? Even if you had not already discussed with your children the importance of your family’s beliefs, would you feel stripped of your parental duties if this responsibility was entrusted to another individual that has no emotional connection to your child whatsoever? The question of whether or not the intelligent design philosophy, the belief that the complexities of living things could not have come solely from natural processes and can only be explained by the teachings of the holy Bible, should be taught in public schools has gone unanswered for several decades. The most prominently accepted theory is Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution which states that every living creature is related through processes of natural selection. Within the modern scientific community, biologists disagree on the precise mechanisms of evolution, but virtually all of them agree that evolution has occurred. This debate has been ongoing since the mid-1920’s with the Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee and is still plaguing our country’s judicial system today with the lawsuits against public schools in Dover, Pennsylvania. “These lawsuits usually originate at the state level, in the form of legislation or the setting of state-wide education standards, or at the school district level, where local standards and curricula are generally set” (Marris 1). Parents, boards of education, and judicial systems alike all mull over the question of whether it is ethical to teach the intelligent design philosophy alongside the evolution theory in public schools. “Today, more than 250 articles-often from the news
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and comments sections of the journal-directly addressed the public and scientific debate on Darwin's theory, and the adamant fundamentalist religious opposition. It is known that creationist and evolutionist theories have not changed much over time, although scientific developments continue to solidify the theory of evolution” (Bleckmann 1). Most religious figures who are not putting all of their efforts into replacing the evolution theory with the
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Jennyashlock during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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