Friday, March 24, 2006


Lancaster Adopts ID Inspired Criticisms of Evolution

An RSR reader whose children are in the Lancaster School District in California writes to say, "I normally do not get involved with politics but this situation is different because my children are involved."

Lancaster, as has already been widely reported elsewhere, recently voted to offer an intelligent design inspired philosophy of science class that encourages students to question the theory of evolution. The class is not so intelligently designed to encourage science teachers to insert pseudoscientific critiques of the long-standing and widely accepted scientific theory into the curriculum.

As has been the case since the Dover setback, the religious motivations of those involved have been deeply hidden behind a veil of scientific rhetoric. This is not creationism in a cheap tuxedo. This is creationism outfitted in Harry Potter's invisibility cloak.

To give you an idea of just how hidden, consider this: Alex Branning, a 22-year-old entrepreneur who owns a Web design and marketing firm who proposed the policy says, ""We owe it to our students to give them a world-class science education that prepares them as scientifically literate citizens and members of the work force in the 21st century. Our proposed policy is designed to do just that."

Read a rundown of the whole mess here.


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