Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Creationism has its place alongside evolution in classrooms: survey

Over half of Britons believe evolution should be taught alongside beliefs such as creationism in school science lessons, a survey reveals today.

Almost one in 10 said they do not think evolution should be taught in science classes at all, according to the British Council's poll.

The survey, which questioned nearly 1,000 Britons as part of a worldwide study of 10,000 people, found that three quarters of those polled (75%) believe children should be taught the theories of evolution in science lessons. But of those, 54% said it should be taught with ideas about intelligent design and creationism. Supporters of creationism reject the concept of evolution.

Intelligent design is a more modern version which argues that life is so complex it cannot solely be explained by evolution.

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