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Why Is Creationism Still Taught In The U.S.?

While church and state are separated in the US, some public schools still teach creationism. So why does the US still teach Creationism?

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Some 90 years after the Scopes trial, the teaching of evolution vs. creationism is back in the spotlight. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that the teaching of creationism violates the Constitution's Establishment clause and public schools must remain religiously neutral. Still, schools across the country are finding ways to circumnavigate this ruling. Some school districts have teachers choose their words very carefully to teach creationism without explicitly advocating for it. In Texas and Arkansas, there are reportedly charter schools that use creationist textbooks. While the federal government has ruled quite clearly on this issue, it seems the debate will continue for the near future. A 2014 Gallup poll found that 42 percent of Americans still believe in Creationism.

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Ten Major Court Cases about Evolution and Creationism (ncse.com)
"In 1968, in Epperson v. Arkansas, the United States Supreme Court invalidated an Arkansas statute that prohibited the teaching of evolution."

Map: Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism (slate.com)
"A large, publicly funded charter school system in Texas is teaching creationism to its students, Zack Kopplin recently reported in Slate."

Fighting Over Darwin, State by State (pewforum.com)
"The debate over whether and how to teach public school students about evolution may be an old one, but it shows no signs of abating."