Scopes: Evolution v. Creation
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The 1925 Scopes Trial was a landmark case, pitting "evolutionists" against "creationists." What side of this issue was he/she on? Choose this Topic to sketch out his/her ideas.
Was the Scopes trial, which dealt with the teaching of evolution in the school, of interest to him?
- Some say that the Scopes trial of 1925 was where the "clash between traditional beliefs and modern ideas met head on." Did he/she agree with this statement? Why or why not?
- John Thomas Scopes was brought to trial in 1925 for teaching the theory of evolution in the school. Although his/her students testified that the information about evolution didn't hurt them, Scopes was found guilty. Did he/she think Scopes should have been found guilty?
- Did he/she have any relatives or friends involved or interested in the trial? For what reason? Were they participants in the case? Did they believe in evolution or the right to have free access to all ideas and information?
- A question was raised regarding the rights of taxpayers and students. Taxpayers wanted to control what was taught because they paid for it, but students wanted to because they had to learn it. In his/her opinion, were the issues resolved? Why or why not? How did they affect his/her life?
- Did he/she get into any debates over this issue? Which side did he/she take?
- What would he/she want his/her children or grandchildren to learn? Creationism? Evolution? Both theories?