Teachers should be allowed to teach creationism in schools

In 2012 a US state passed a law which protects teachers who choose to teach creationism. This is a theory that the Earth and the universe was created by God, and that there is scientific information to justify this concept. This means it will be taught alongside evolutionary theory during science classes. Many believe this to be a mistake that it does not follow the principles of academic  principles of freedom, critical thinking, and good scientific practise. Others however think that evolution is also a belief, so freedom of teaching creationism follows the principles religious freedom.

Level: Intermediate: B1/B2
Running Time: 90 minutes +

Materials included

This free lesson plan is suitable for adults, teenagers, and General English classes. Each plan includes:

  • A debate motion
  • A summary of the controversy
  • Points for both Pros and Cons
  • Language to use in a debate
  • Debate role cards to help identify student groups
  • An article
  • Statistics (true or false exercise)
  • Vocab for the topic


For more information on how to use this in the classroom, please have a look at our detailed post on using free lesson plans.

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Teachers should be allowed to teach creationism in schools

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