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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 8: How Can You Deal with Controversy?

Engage Part B: An Opinion Poll

A 1999 survey sponsored by the People for the American Way looked at attitudes toward the teaching of evolution and creationism in public schools and found that:


13 percent of respondents said that evolution and creationism should be taught as competing views in science classrooms.


66 percent of respondents wanted only evolution taught as science.


16 percent believed that only creationism should be taught.


Half of Americans surveyed believed that evolution is "far from being proven scientifically."

Describe how the attitudes reflected in this poll might influence the teaching of evolution in high school biology classes.



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