Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

Presidential Candidates’ Stances on Evolution and Intelligent Design

It’s a sticky subject for many people in the world: was the Earth and the animals on it created by a higher power or is evolution really behind it all? Many scientists believe that is evolution, which is considered to be “the most basic and universally accepted tenets of science.” However, what would happen if the leader of our nation didn’t believe in evolution? Would we stop teaching this science principle in schools? Would we fall even farther behind other countries in the STEM subject areas? Well, nobody can say for sure what would happen, but maybe we should take a look at the opinions of the 2012 Presidential Candidates on this subject.

Mitt Romney believes in both evolution and intelligent design. In 2007, he said that he believed that God created the universe, but God also “used the process of evolution to create the human body.”

Rick Perry has said on several occasions that he thinks that evolution is just “a theory that’s out there” with “some gaps.” Recently, he even told a child in New Hampshire this belief. This makes me think that Perry would make a move to change the curriculum in schools concerning this controversial issue.

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What the Republican Presidential Hopefuls Really Think About Education

If you’re like me, then keeping up with school work, my job, and my social life keeps me pretty busy. As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes I tend to fall behind on political issues and, most recently, the Republican candidates who are hoping to run in the Presidential Election 2012. So, if you are like me, here’s a quick rundown of the political candidates and their views on education.

Michele Bachmann
Bachmann has served in Minnesota’s State Senate and the USA Congress. She is an avid supporter of the Tea Party Movement and founded the House Tea Party Caucus in July 2010. She has said that she does not believe in global warming.

  • Voted against a bill that would designate $40 billion for green measures in public schools
  • Supports teaching intelligent design in public schools
  • Opposed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act in July 2007

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Newt Gingrich’s Education Background

Newt Gingrich is an American politician and former member of the US House of Representatives. He has also had careers as a professor, historian, and author. He is now a candidate for the Republican party’s nominee for the 2012 Presidential race. EDUinReview will now take a look at Gingrich’s education background.

Gingrich was born on June 17, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His name at birth was Newton Leroy McPherson. His parents are Kathleen and Newton Searies McPherson. The couple’s marriage did not last long and in 1946, his mother remarried an Army officer, Robert Gingrich, who then adopted Newt and gave him his last name. Kathleen and Robert had three daughters: Candace, Susan, and Roberta.

Since Robert was in the military, the family moved often and Newt attended many military academies, but graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1961. Gingrich attended Emory University, where he earned his B.A. in history in 1965. He then attended Tulane University, where he earned a PhD in modern European history in 1971. The year before, he accepted a position as an Assistant History Professor at the University of West Georgia. In 1974, he switched departments and began teaching in the geography department. He left the University of West Georgia in 1978 because the university could no longer keep as a faculty member without making him a tenured professor. In 1993, Gingrich again became a teacher when he taught Renewing American Civilization at Kennesaw State University.

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