Monday, January 17, 2011
The disgraceful results of this poll shows why Christians must never be allowed to teach biology.
There are extremely rare exceptions (for example Ken Miller of Brown University) but usually it would be a terrible mistake and unfair to students to let a Christian teach a biology class. They're just too god-soaked to understand simple scientific concepts like natural selection.
Only 28% of American biology teachers accept evolution (the central concept of biology) without invoking a god's magic wand to explain it. That's worse than disgraceful. It means 72% of biology teachers are not qualified to teach biology. It also means 72% of high school biology students are stuck with idiot teachers who deserve to be fired and publicly humiliated.
I recently found an excellent blog owned by an evolutionary biologist. He talks about the same problem here: Epic Fail: Evolution and Creationism in America's Classrooms
Also interesting and equally disgusting is the percentage of non-scientists in America who accept evolution without supernatural magic. In this poll it's only 13%. A more recent poll shows a slight improvement, 16%. This means 84% of Americans are scientifically illiterate and too cowardly to accept basic scientific facts. The problem is religious brainwashing. Biology teachers who don't know anything about biology are also a problem. The child abuse from preachers and parents is not easy to fix, but most certainly America can fix the incompetent teacher problem. Just throw all Christian science teachers out the window.