Teaching Evolution in Utah
Salt Lake City, UT – A century-old debate over how schools should teach the theory of evolution lit up again last Friday, when a Utah lawmaker announced he may sponsor a bill requiring science teachers to teach the idea that a "superior being" create the world.
Most challenges to the theory of evolution are happening in states with large Christian fundamentalist populations.
In Utah, where Mormon religious beliefs don't dismiss the theory of evolution, some educators are still nervous about teaching a subject some parents see as controversial. But on the whole, Utah teachers have carefully crafted ways to teach what the majority of scientists consider the fundamental unifying principle in biology.
This is the first of a two-part series on teaching evolution in Utah schools.
This story first aired several years ago, but has since been updated and revised for accuracy. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.