Bill Nye: Creationism Is ” Raising A Generation of Young People Who Can’t Think” – Joe Grogan

Posted on December 16, 2014 by

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When most of us think of Bill Nye we have have flash backs to 4th grade Science class. For over 20 years Bill Nye’s science videos have made learning fun for children around the world. But recently Nye has been working on a slightly more serious and controversial topic that he thinks is detrimental to the children he is trying to teach.Creationism is the belief that the Universe and living organisms originate “from specific acts of divine creation.” For young Earth creationists, this includes a literalistic reading of the Book of Genesis and the rejection of evolution. So literally believing that god and god alone created the earth, mankind, and all living creators. While Nye respects peoples rights to hold religious beliefs, he also believes that only teaching our children creationism can be extremely detrimental. Nye states that the biggest danger associated with creationism is that we are raising a generation of people who don’t have the ability to think critically or question their religion in anyway. Bye believes that these students, “will not be able to participate in the future in same way” as those who are taught evolution.””Religion is one thing. People get tremendous comfort and community with their religions,” Nye said. “But whatever you believe, whatever deity or higher power you might believe in, the Earth is not 6,000 years old.” This has been a topic that has been in the spotlight for years. Many religious parents believe that teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in school will  expose their kids up to ideas and beliefs that are against their religious values. But is it really right to deny our children the right to learn as much as possible and open their minds to new ideas and new theories. People have the right to hold their own beliefs but those beliefs shouldn’t keep you sheltered from our ever evolving world. Nye said he blames an older generation of evangelicals “who have very strong conservative views” and who are “reluctant to let kids learn about evolution.” Their presence on school boards leads to debates over curriculum, Nye argued, which further inhibits schools’ ability to teach facts. Nye also blames parent for forcing these ideas on children. “They will not have this fundamental idea that you can question things, that you can think critically, that you can use skeptical thought to learn about nature,” says Nye, “These children have to suppress everything that they can see in nature to try to get a world view that’s compatible with the adults in who they trust and rely on for sustenance.” Whatever you choose to believe it is important that our children are taught the latest scientific theories and ideas. If they aren’t we will be raising a generation of closed minded people who won’t have the ability to think critically or question things that they have always perceived as being fact.Bill Nye on Huffington Post

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