Science in Catholic Schools [blog 5]

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All the way up until college, I have attended private (catholic) school and I feel that I have personally learned the same amount of science than any other school, public or private. The theory of creationism was not pounded into my head, it wasn’t even taught other than in history when learning about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. But some people today still have ignorance in thinking that Catholic schools only teach the theory of creationism and/ or not “real” science. Some parts of the country think this and believe that Catholic schools and churches are hostile over the teaching of evolution.

Along with religion being apart of my curriculum, science too has always been a major class in my curriculum, including field trips to COSI in Columbus and Cincinnati Museum Center. The opinions from science teachers across the country do not really agree with either students should be taught one or the other. One teacher says in an interview that “…science [is] the constant investigation of the external world, a quest to analyze and understand the physical world, exclusive of human experience. Religion [is] the eternal internal investigation, a search to explore and understand what lies within and between us, an examination of the human experience. If science is our understanding of the world, religion is our understanding of us. Maybe science is the ‘how’ and religion is the ‘why.'” (para. 10). Young minds are curious and are in need to learn information; their minds are impressionable by what they are taught in today’s day in age. Whether they attend a private (Catholic) or public school, people need to realize that student is getting a good education and that the Catholic Church accepts the teaching of evolution and modern science. There are many Jesuits and clergymen with a Ph.D in all different sciences, all of them are qualified to speak on “real” science’s behalf and also believe and practice in their faith. Both private and public schools are qualified for prepping students for standardized testing.

– Tarah Klenk

Links:

https://ncse.com/blog/2014/06/is-real-science-taught-catholic-schools-0015674

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3 thoughts on “Science in Catholic Schools [blog 5]

  1. I went to a Catholic school my entire life as well! I also think my school did a very good job of teaching science and evolution.

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  2. I, too, have had your same experience with Catholic school and the teaching of science. I find your comment that science is how and religion is why really true. Like I was saying when I was talking with my Aunt the other day, there are definitely things science cannot explain. It is amazing how intricate and perfect science works with living things, and learning about the biological systems and microbes of human bodies really makes you take a step back and recognize the awe all around us. Even the Pope today supports evolution, and he was not severely criticized. It is largely close minded to believe that religion and science can be separated, and not see how many times one has complimented the other.

    Annelise Wilimitis

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  3. I think it good you speak out upon your Catholic school and the teaching of science. Science and faith can work together as long as you keep an open mind to whatever the topic may be. Personally I use both so I am not thinking inside a closed box.

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