There should be no controversy about creationism being taught in public schools. The truth is that most every science dept. across the nation is divided over this issue. I've taught at only five, but I can attest to the validity of that statement! True, it means people are not interpreting the bible, which was the original intent, but reading it as literal fact. True, it violates the establishment clause of the US Constitution. True, it isn't even based on science, and invalidates the work of scientists all over the world-- and every major scientific theory, but like it, or despise it, here are the stats:
1) In 1982, a Gallup poll noted that 42% of the sample agreed that God created man pretty much in his present form in the last 10,000 years.
2) 20% of science teachers in Illinois agreed that "the bible is an authoritative source of reliable information even with respect to such scientific issues as the age of the earth and the origin of life."
3) 30 % of science teachers believe "both creationism and evolution should be taught in the science classroom, because it is only fair to give equal time to alternative explanations for the same data."
4) 53% of school board presidents who responded to a survey in Ohio said that "creation science should be taught in a favorable light."
5) 15% of high school biology teachers in Ohio contained a creationism component which treats the topic favorably.
6) NSTA study indicated that 45% of biology and life sci. teahcers in the sample agreed that "Adam and Eve were the first human beings, and were created by God."
7) 30% of science teachers would teach only creationism in their classroom, if forced to choose between evolution and creationism.
8) 29% of science teachers believe that it is possible
for the living to communicate with the dead, and the same number that people
can predict future events via psychic power.