Sarah M. Walsh


The creation/evolution education debate has been raging for the last century in schools, school board meetings, and communities creating a divide between those who believe in the Judeo-Christian creation account and those who believe in naturalistic evolutionary theory. This paper seeks to decipher the effect of this controversy on high school and college students, particularly in the public educational realm by a literature review. Evolutionary educational researchers are found to advocate a one-sided view in the teaching of origins to the point of indoctrination through their techniques, resources, measurement instruments, etc. Parents of public school students, and the students themselves, who reject evolutionary theory would benefit from this study as it enables them to prepare for possible situations arising in the science classroom.


Young Earth Creation, Evolution, Science Education, Acceptance and Rejection


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