I know it’s an oldie-but-goodie, but yesterday I ran into someone linking to this Gallup poll from last year.
As a teacher, it’s interesting to play with the idea of replacing “evolution” with “education” in the poll, especially as the linked page notes how strongly education level plays into “belief” in evolution. Yet the term “education” has some sort of positive (apolitical/areligious ) connotation, at least on one level, while “evolution” is both politically and religiously charged.
But polls like this show that, deep down, the words education and evolution are interchangeable. Neither is to be trusted when you get down to it. At least that’s what a majority of folks we teachers are educating think. Stick that in your “five step lesson plan” teachers, and smoke it.
P.S.: And yes the word “believe” in the poll really bothers me. I’d like to see the numbers with a less religiously charged word employed. But that’s just part of the Gallup/polling charm. I could spend 8 hours a day at gallup.com, and as I’m on vacation….I just might for the next month.