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    Filed at 8:02 am under by dcobranchi

    The Kansas City Star has an interesting piece on how state school board elections affect what is taught in the schools. It seems that states that have direct elections of board members are much more likely to be anti-Darwin. It raises a good question: When it comes to what’s taught in the public schools, who gets to decide? For most subjects I’d argue that if the parents want to (collectively) teach their kids that the world is flat or that the Holocaust is fiction, that’s their right. Where ID crosses the line is its religious basis. IDists can argue until they’re blue in the face, but there is absolutely zero doubt that ID was started as a ruse to get around SCOTUS restrictions on teaching scientific creationism in the classroom. I read a bunch of SC literature in the early ’80s. Same story, different title.

    So, in the end, I’m still opposed to teaching ID in the secular g-schools as a violation of the Establishment Clause. As a scientist, I’m opposed to calling it “science” when it hasn’t (yet?) earned the label. When ID loses in Dover and the Kansas school board is voted out (again) ID will die a quiet death. Or at least go back to sleep sleep for another generation.

    2 Responses to “POLITICS AND ID”

    Comment by
    December 11th, 2005
    at 11:28 am

    I can’t get excited about ID, but the Holocaust as fiction?!!

    Comment by
    December 11th, 2005
    at 1:52 pm

    What’s the diff? When you open up the curriculum to “beliefs,” everything is fair game.