Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Scientists Try To Reverse Movement In Ohio Toward "Intelligent Design"

In an effort to fight advocates of the non-evolutionary theory "intelligent design," a group of scientists has recruited a candidate of its own for the Ohio Board of Education.

The scientists, under the moniker Help Ohio Public Education, are backing former Rep. Tom Sawyer, a Democrat, over Republican incumbent Deborah Owens Fink, who has pushed for students in science class to be taught information for and against evolution.

In 2002, the school board adopted science standards that encourage students to seek evidence for and against evolution. Last February, however, the board rescinded the policy in an 11-4 vote.

Critics of the policy said it was a backdoor attempt to introduce "intelligent design,'' a controversial belief that argues that a higher being designed the complex universe. The belief has been championed by conservative Christian leaders as an alternative to evolutionary theory worthy of being taught in public schools -- creating a "debate" between scientists and non-scientists. It has been fought by supporters of separation of church and state, who see intelligent design as a thinly veiled way to teach religion in public schools.

"I think it's important to seat a strong pro-science majority if only to serve as a signal to the rest of the country,'' Kenneth Miller, a Brown University biologist who has been stumping in Ohio for Sawyer and other pro-evolution candidates, told the Associated Press.


Anonymous loveable liberal said...

Intelligent design??!! 'TOOPID GOOOOOOOODDDD unfriggen-believeable......

12:02 PM  
Anonymous truth2power said...

How do you teach information AGAINST evolution?..
Do the teachers get a lesson plan or a script to work from? I would imagine that anyone who's certified to teach science could invalidate any of those arguments right away. So how could they, in good conscience, teach something based on fallacious reasoning?

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you say that there are multiple "theories" including evolution and "intelligent design."

By putting them on equal footing, a teacher reduces the credibility of evolution as accepted fact by scientists.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous FLDem5 said...

THANK YOU! the scientific community has been far too quiet on this issue. Nice to see them jumping into the fray.

12:03 PM  

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