The Great Debate: Bill Nye and Ken Ham on Science in Schools

In the latest round of the clash between evolution and creationism, Bill Nye (the Science Guy) and Ken Ham (the founder of the Creation Museum in Kentucky) will continue a long debate on science in United States schools.

This particular debate started because of a video of Nye arguing that creationism is not appropriate to teach to children. Adults can believe whatever they want, Nye says, but it’s the education of children Nye is concerned about. As he tells those watching his video,

And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.

Ham, as the founder of the Creation Museum, saw this as an opportunity to reject evolution, question Nye’s validity, and claim that “it’s really people like Bill Nye who are damaging kids” (Ham’s video response). Ham then invited Nye to the Creation Museum for a good old fashioned verbal throw down, an invitation Nye readily accepted.

What I think is particularly interesting about this debate is Nye’s position that it is unhealthy and inappropriate to teach creationism to children, but that adults can believe whatever they want. It adds a different spin to the discussion – instead of arguing solely about the validity of evolution or creationism, the conversation will, hopefully, focus on each man’s goals for the function and content of the science classroom. However the debate unfolds, I anticipate an exciting evening in Petersburg, Kentucky.

The two men will come face to face at the Creation Museum at 6:00 p.m. CST tonight to debate evolution, creationism, and education. You can watch it for free or follow it on social media using #hamonnye


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