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:BREAKING NEWS from the Cleveland Plain Dealer - Ohio Board of Education Approves Lesson Plans Containing Intelligent Design

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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Steven A. Edinger [mailto:steven.edinger.1@ohio.edu] Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2004 12:23 PM To: Science Education List Serve; evolution-l@aibs.org
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      From: Steven A. Edinger [mailto:steven.edinger.1@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2004 12:23 PM
      To: Science Education List Serve; evolution-l@...
      Subject: Spam:BREAKING NEWS from the Cleveland Plain Dealer - Ohio Board
      of Education Approves Lesson Plans Containing Intelligent Design


      2-10-04

      BREAKING NEWS

      Ohio Board of Education votes to approve 'intelligent design' in science
      curriculum

      The Ohio Board of Education voted 13-4 this afternoon to approve science
      lesson plans that have been criticized by scientists -- including the
      president of the National Academy of Sciences -- for including concepts
      of "intelligent design," which critics claim is a veiled form of
      creationism.

      Today's action, taken after more than three hours of testimony from
      supporters and critics, signifies the board's intent. A final vote will
      be taken at next month's board meeting. One of the board members
      opposing the plan has said he will ask Gov. Bob Taft to overturn the
      decision.

      The proposed lesson plans come from a set of science standards that drew
      national attention in 2002, when the state debated whether to include
      both evolutionary theory and the intelligent design. Evolution is the
      theory that living things are descended from common ancestors, while
      intelligent design argues that life is too complex to have arisen
      without a guiding hand.

      The state eventually adopted standards that include evolution and
      specifically discounted intelligent design. But the lesson plans
      approved yesterday require that evolutionary concepts be challenged
      point by point, and refer students to websites that promote intelligent
      design

      Schools do not have to use the model lesson plans, but state proficiency
      tests will be based on the information they cover.





      Please see the Ohio Citizens for Science's web page at:

      http://ecology.cwru.edu/ohioscience/


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      vices have very few virtues." Abraham Lincoln

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      a stone was the founder of civilization." Sigmund Freud

      "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."
      Theodosius Dobzhansky, 1973
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