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I doubt it. I have no idea if evolution was taught or not in my HS biology class. I certainly knew what the concept meant, in broad strokes, but don't remember where I learned it.

If it makes you guys feel better about the American educations system, all my kids science classes have covered evolution, starting in middle school, again in HS, and now one at least is taking it in college.

What irks me is that my youngest (14) just told me he's a young-earth creationist, apparently because that's what he's getting in the youth group at church. On the other hand, it's cool that he's taking his own stance, not afraid to question what I believe.


You know, Bryan, I think you're in a unique and strong position to expose your kid to correct science. I know you and I will probably never agree on the role and scope of evolution, but I'd like to think that our years of confrontation have at least led you to read a lot of material that you might not have seen otherwise. You're very familiar with the scientific method, and how knowledge is pursued. And even if you don't agree with it, I bet you could play "devil's advocate" for many of MY positions very effectively.

Besides which, no one can question your dedication to Christianity, so your son isn't likely to say that you believe in an old earth because you want an excuse to reject God. Whatever you think about evolution, I think you mostly agree with me that belief in a young earth is outright silly, and you understand why.

So I'd say, don't pass up this opportunity to improve scientific understanding within your community, because it can only give all of you firmer knowledge on which to stand. And if your son comes at you with some arguments that you can't answer, feel free to bring 'em here, or even email me. I'm sure I could help you out without mixing my atheism into the subject, if that's what's called for.
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