Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ohio Reverses its Stance on ID

It seems that the Ohio Board of Education is rethinking its stance on the teaching of ID in classrooms. As the NYT article (free subscription possibly required) by Jodi Rudoren notes, however, such a move seems to go against what is known of popular opinion in Ohio:

On Monday, the institute released a Zogby International poll it had commissioned showing that 69 percent of Ohio voters believed that scientific evidence against evolution should be included in curriculums, and 76 percent agreed that "students should also be able to learn about scientific evidence that points to an intelligent design of life." The institute has also proffered letters from two science professors supporting Ohio's standards and model lesson plan.

The problem is that does not change the nature of the underlying model plan:

Besides the Dover decision, the disclosure in December of documents detailing internal discussions of the lesson plan helped revive debate here. Obtained by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a group considering a suit on the plan, the documents show that department scientists and outside experts condemned the lesson as "a lie," "crackpot," "religious," "creationism" and "an insult to science."

This is especially true is they are using Of Pandas and People. The third part of that review should be up today. As my brother Paul would say, "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken crap."

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