Anti-Evolution Peer Pressure

 Posted by on 11 June 2005 at 7:01 am  Uncategorized
Jun 112005

Here is a disturbing article about a phenomenon that’s not getting enough press attention:

The battle over teaching evolution is raging in communities across the country, but the headlines rarely focus on the “quiet” impact of this controversy.

Science is becoming a political “hot potato” for some students — transforming what should be a dynamic, fascinating topic into a total turn-off. And some students are choosing silence over losing a prom date.

“Children are very much worried about their place in the world. Some students only ask me about evolution privately, after class,” said Wes McCoy, PhD, who teaches Genetics, Biology and Astronomy at North Cobb High School in Kennessaw, Ga…

“Students face consequences if they choose to accept evolution in a family or a church or a community that patently rejects evolution … It might affect whether you get a date to the prom, or whether you get that summer job or not,” McCoy said. “You may even anger close family members. Conversations about evolution can make family reunions very tense.”

Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha