posted on Nov, 9 2005 @ 03:09 PM
Yesterday, in elections, American citizens came to contrasting conclusions about teaching Intelligent Design in public schools.
In Pennsylvania, all eight Republican members of the Dover School Board who wanted to include Intelligent Design in the science curriculum in public
schools were defeated, being replaced by pro-science Democrats.
In Kansas, a statement which casts doubt on the value of the theory of evolution will now be included in science class, a victory for the proponents
of intelligent design.
As someone involved in higher education, I believe one result of the Kansas election will be that Kansan students applying to prestigious colleges
will have more trouble getting their applications approved. If I were the administrator of a university, I'd consider requiring students from Kansas
to take remedial science classes, since clearly, they will have received a substandard education in natural sciences.
I can understand the desire for extremist Christians to have their point of view taught in school, but by corrupting the value of their state's
science curriculum, they do harm to their own children. Why must the creationist view be presented as science? Is it because science represents a
devastating challenge to thier magical thinking?