Lawrence Krauss: Teaching Creationism is Child Abuse

The last thing we want to do is water down the teaching of biology because some people don’t recognize that evolution happened.

Transcript — It amazes me that people have pre-existing notions that defy the evidence of reality. But that they hold onto them so dearly. And one of them is the notion of creationism, or. in fact, Senator Marco Rubio, who’s presumably a reasonably intelligent man and maybe even educated, was asked what’s the age of the Earth, and ultimately, either because he actually believed it or he was trying to appeal to some constituency, had to argue that it’s a big mystery, that somehow we should teach kids both ideas, that the Earth is 6,000 years old and that it’s 4.55 billion years old, which is what it is.

If you think about that, somehow saying that, well, anything goes, we shouldn’t offend religious beliefs by requiring kids to know – to understand reality; that’s child abuse. And if you think about it, teaching kids – or allowing the notion that the earth is 6,000 years old to be promulgated in schools is like teaching kids that the distance across the United States is 17 feet. That’s how big an error it is.

Now you might say, look, a lot of people believe that, so don’t we owe it to them to allow their views to be present in school? Well, as I’ve often said, the purpose of education is not to validate ignorance but to overcome it. Fifty percent of the people in the United States, when we probe them each year with the National Science Foundation, think that the sun goes around the Earth, not that the Earth goes around the sun. When we asked the question – we provide the question: The Earth goes around the sun and takes a year to do it; true or false? Almost every year, 50 percent of the people get that wrong.

Now, does that mean in schools we should allow the anti-Galilean and Copernican idea that the sun goes around the Earth to be taught? Absolutely not. If, in fact, the very fact that people don’t know that, and the very fact that enough people are willing to somehow believe that Earth is 6,000 years old, means we have to do a better job of teaching physics and biology, not a worse job.

The last thing we want to do is water down the teaching of biology because some people don’t recognize that evolution happened. Evolution is the basis of modern biology and, in fact, if a lot of people don’t believe it, it only means we have to do a better job teaching it. So once again, I repeat, the purpose of education is not to validate ignorance, but to overcome it. And to overcome a situation where a United States Senator can speak such manifest nonsense with impunity is vitally important to the healthy future of our society.

Technology and biotechnology will be the basis of our economic future. And if we allow nonsense to be promulgated in the schools, we do a disservice to our students, a disservice to our children, and we’re guaranteeing that they will fall behind in a competitive world that depends upon a skilled workforce able to understand and manipulate technology and science.

  • Michael Rivero

    “Young earth creationism is essentially the position that all of modern science, 90% of living scientists and 98% of living biologists, all major university biology departments, every major science journal, the American Academy of Sciences, and every major science organization in the world, are all wrong regarding the origins and development of life…but one particular tribe of uneducated, bronze aged, goat herders got it exactly right.” — Chuck Easttom

    • Scott G

      Or we could believe that an explosion from nothing and nowhere sent rocks and gases blowing through the non-existent universe which after a bit collected together to form bananas, giraffes & reputedly smart people. This would require us to ignore the actual fossil record showing no transitional evolutionary stages of even one life form and the virtual dispensation of all known scientific LAWS in order to believe in magic impossibilities nowhere demonstrated in the natural world. Gosh, who would consider a Creator under that logic?

      • Scott G

        I neglected to mention that all of those same sources of science, with the exception of those which were not in existence at the time, mentioned in Micheal’s quote once believed the earth was flat, only the Bible reported it as round.

        • Paul

          Nice try, but he still isn’t real. Doesn’t matter how hard you cling on, he just isn’t real.

          • Andy

            prove He (the Creator) is not real?
            There is no point to exist if Evolution is true… think about that. No reason to live coz your then just a mistake that shouldn’t have happened, and just highly evolved pound scum 😐
            Hitler was an Evolutionist, believe in the survival of the fittest… and so why is he then infamous and not rewarded for his efforts to put his evolutionary beliefs into practice.. so was Marx, Lenin etc..

  • woody

    Judaism is child abuse. genital mutilation, separation and supremacy of the goyim, long hours of studies of the texts that teach the inferiority of women, the torture of animals and the deprivations of bacon, while ignoring the importance of physical fitness by playing sports. That’s why jews always get beat up. Coveting of money over relationships. Hire a hitman to kill your shiksa lest she get half in a divorce. Why is it always ALWAYS JEWS who attempt to drive a wedge between people, set up a left and right, a right and wrong. Science vs Religion is the new Left Right paradigm. Jews it ends soon.