Researchers study what teachers impart about evolution, creationism

05/20/2008 | ABC News

Nearly one in eight high-school biology educators teach creationism as a valid science alongside evolution, according to a new Pennsylvania State University national survey of nearly 2,000 high-school science teachers that was conducted last year. Of the 939 who answered, 2% said evolution was not covered at all in their class, with most of the educators spending roughly three to 10 hours on such instruction. Twenty-five percent of the instructors polled said they spend at least a portion of class time on creationism, with 48% of these instructors saying they teach it as a "valid, scientific alternative to Darwinian explanations for the origin of species."

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