A conversation about teaching creationism vs. evolution began when Brentwood resident, Robin Duntze, pointed out that four out of five candidates at the League of Women Voters forum last week said they favored teaching both, and sent a letter to 40 South, favoring teaching just evolution.
Duntze on Monday sent an open challenge to the Brentwood School Board candidates to clarify their views in writing.
Creationism Questions for School Board Candidates
- Do you support teaching creationism in science classes? If so, how do you reconcile the following:
How does creationism align with the scientific method?
How does creationism meet DESE’s Missouri Learning Standard that “Genetic variation sorted by the natural selection process explains evidence of biological evolution”?
- How does creationism explain the fossil record and carbon dating?
- If you support teaching creationism, what textbook would you recommend adopting for high school biology?
- Do you think that teaching creationism would affect Brentwood students’ scores on the science portion of standardized tests?
- Do you think that teaching creationism would affect Brentwood’s dual credit articulation with UMSL and St. Louis University?
- Would you support the teaching of non-Christian creation myths in a science class?
- How would you handle non-Christian students, families, and others who objected to being required to learn biblically-based creationism?