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More Evolution Debates in schools

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  • Dianne.Chidester@kctcs.edu
    SCHOOL BOARD WANTS DARWIN TO MOVE OVER from The Chicago Tribune MARIETTA, Ga. -- Barred by the courts from promoting religion-based curricula in public
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 26, 2002
      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.
      <http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0209260307sep26.story>
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