From the BBC comes this disheartening news. According to a recent survey, just under half of the Brits surveyed accept evolution as the best explanation for the development of life.
And in case you thought the British public was more sophisticated than the folks in Kansas and Dover, Pa., more than 40% of those surveyed believe intelligent design or creationism should be taught in school science classes.
Ironically, the BBC’s Horizons program commissioned the survey for a program about the ID controversy in the States.
According to the BBC report,
Over 2,000 participants took part in the survey, and were asked what best described their view of the origin and development of life:
* 22% chose creationism
* 17% opted for intelligent design
* 48% selected evolution theory
* and the rest did not know.
Asked what explanation of the development of life should be taught, the respondents replied
* 44% said creationism should be included
* 41% intelligent design
* 69% wanted evolution as part of the science curriculum.
Let’s hope that the IDists in the States don’t use this survey as more ammunition for including ID in high school science classes.
Let’s also hope that educators, both here and in the UK, take the results to heart. We are apparently not doing a very effective job convincing the public that evolution has merit or validity.