I have written before about creationism and science education, and how it is not mentioned in Junior Cert Science. Every so often these surveys appear in the papers; this one was in the New Scientist last May. Researchers polled a random sample of nearly 2000 high-school science teachers across the US in 2007:
[ ] asked about the teachers’ personal beliefs . . . 16% of the total said they believed human beings had been created by God within the last 10,000 years.
I guess the number shouldn’t be surprising, but I can’t help but feel a little uncomfortable.
I initially wondered if it was a survey of science teachers in general or those who covered (or should cover) the subject but it looks like the later which made it even more surprising to me. The original journal article is an interesting read on the subject. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
It would be interesting to find out if the issue would be as pronounced if there was a wider understanding on what it takes to make something a scientific theory.
Given that this concept (what it takes to make something a scientific theory) is such an important and topical concept, it would be nice if it was something which students learned in their time in our classes.
But for that to happen more science teachers would have to have to make noise about it.
Good luck with your career – it was an inspired choice!