MSNBC is reporting that the majority of textbooks being sold for home schoolers are religious based and either don’t cover the theory of evolution well or teach a creationist viewpoint of creation. The gist of the article is how hard it is for parents who want to give their children a standard science education to find the textbooks that provide good lessons on evolution.
What I am curious about, and what the article doesn’t really address, is what are the graduation standards for science in the various states? Is being able to demonstrate a working knowledge of evolution a requirement for graduation?
Evolution is a scientifically validated theory. It explains much about what we know about biology and chemistry, which in turn is the foundation of our modern medical, agricultural and technological industries. A lack of understand of evolution is going to be a handicap for any student wishing to study science, engineering, medicine or technology in college. In my opinion It must be a requirement for high school graduation.
I haven’t had a chance to research this yet, so I’m hoping to get some feedback about this. If anyone has information about graduation requirements and evolution, please share your data and thoughts.