Monday, November 28, 2005
Broward County Textbook Search
As Broward County schools shop for a new science textbook this year, one of the options is a biology book that could plunge the district into a roiling national debate over the origin of man.
The high school text, Biology: The Dynamics of Life, says on Page 388: "Many of the world's major religions teach that life was created on Earth by a supreme being. The followers of these religions believe that life could only have arisen through the direct action of a divine force.
"Some people believe that the complex structures and processes of life could not have formed without some guiding intelligence...
In the teacher's edition, the book also suggests that students form teams and debate how life began, using both religious and scientific explanations."In essence, you're sending a message to students that the religious perspective is just one more scientific answer," Conn [a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, RSR] said.