Scopes: Evolution v. Creation
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- Some say that the Scopes trial of 1925 was where the "clash between traditional beliefs and modern ideas met head on." Did you 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 students testified that the information about evolution didn't hurt them, Scopes was found guilty. Did you think Scopes should have been found guilty?
- Did you 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 your opinion, were the issues resolved? Why or why not? How did they affect your life?
- Did you get into any debates over this issue? Which side did you take?
- What would you want your children or grandchildren to learn? Creationism? Evolution? Both theories?