More Evolution Debates in schools
- SCHOOL BOARD WANTS DARWIN TO MOVE OVER
from The Chicago Tribune
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Barred by the courts from promoting religion-based
curricula in public schools, creationists have adopted a more scientific
approach to challenge the teaching of the theory of evolution to students.
They have recruited intellectuals to challenge the Darwinian theory, forced
disclaimers onto science textbooks and lobbied for equal time in classroom
discussions on the origins of life.
More than 75 years after the infamous "Monkey Trial," in which John Scopes
was tried for teaching evolution in a Tennessee public school, the theory
of evolution is still being challenged across America. In the last three
years, controversial attempts to introduce in schools some form of
creationism--traditionally a religious doctrine based on the book of
Genesis in the Bible--have been made in Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New
Mexico and Kentucky.
The latest effort is taking place in a conservative suburb of Atlanta,
where the Cobb County School Board is scheduled to vote Thursday on a
policy that would allow science teachers to introduce "disputed views" on
how life began. Last fall, the board approved placing stickers in middle
school and high school science textbooks that tell students evolution is a
theory, not a fact. The disclaimers are being challenged in court.
In Ohio, school officials also are embroiled in a debate over whether
teaching evolution theory--that life developed from simple forms into
complex entities--in effect censors other theories. The state Board of
Education is considering a more sophisticated alternative to teaching
evolution, called intelligent design, which embraces some aspects of
evolution but disputes Charles Darwin's idea of natural selection, which he
suggests drove evolution.