Teaching evolution to young Christian skeptics
Just because evolution is being taught in the classroom doesn’t mean the students actually believe it. SFGate discusses the struggle many teachers have trying to get Christian skeptics to open up to Darwin’s ideas.
Some come armed with “Ten questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution,” a document circulated on the Internet that highlights supposed weaknesses in evolutionary theory. Others scrawl their opposition on homework assignments. Many just tune out.
With a mandate to teach evolution but little guidance as to how, science teachers are contriving their own ways to turn a culture war into a lesson plan. How they fare may bear on whether a new generation of Americans embraces scientific evidence alongside religious belief.