I found a story kicking around the blogosphere this week that’s really got me irritated. According to a new study a bunch of American HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY TEACHERS were surveyed and asked to indicate their personal beliefs regarding evolution and the origin of human beings. The results of the survey were then presented in a fancy graphic by another group (go check it out, its depressing but shiny), the only purpose of which seems to be to deaden the impact of the astounding results.
Whilst the biology teachers answered the survey from a more scientific stand point than the general public 63% of respondants indicated creationism or intelligent design compared to 78% from the general public.
These are not just teachers, nor are they science teachers. The survey respondents were HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY TEACHERS and the majority don’t believe in evolution as science explains it and proves it as the basis for all life on Earth.
I wonder whether Australia is in the same boat. I sure hope not…
Berkman MB, Pacheco JS, & Plutzer E (2008). Evolution and creationism in America's classrooms: a national portrait. PLoS biology, 6 (5) PMID: 18494560