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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

One step forward, two steps back.

For those who haven't heard, today is a mixed-day for the continuing battle between science and Intelligent Design "theory." For those of you who have been hiding under a rock, I.D. is a repackaged version of creationism that is meant to bypass the U.S. prohibition on the merging of church and state. (For those of you who dispute the sameness of creationism and I.D.- see this post from over on The Panda's Thumb.) In any case, attempts to ram I.D. into the school system have been rampant in recent years, and have been opposed by responsible scientists and constitutional rights activists alike.

Today, however, we had both a victory and a defeat. First, the Dover, PA schoolboard, which voted I.D. into the curriculum and was subsequently sued over it, has been removed by a popular vote. This is an incredibly encouraging development. At the same time however, the school board for the state of Kansas has voted in new standards that not only encourage the teaching of I.D., but redefine science itself. To be more specific:

Sue Gamble said the board, by dropping a phrase that defined science as "a search for natural explanations of observable phenomena," was opening the door to supernatural explanations.


Indeed, today is a day full of both joy, and disappointment. Above all else, however, it drives one simple point home: no amount of education will ever overcome willful ignorance.

And I always thought that the regular kind of ignorance was bad enough.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, when exactly did we decide to let school boards define expert terminology? I better make sure my school board approves my conceptualization and operationalization of "class" before I defend my dissertation proposal.
~FHRM

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 1:28:00 PM  

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