One step forward, two steps back.
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.