Church and State: May 2005 Archives

May 26, 2005

Annoy fundies: give them what they want

United States: Religious organisation have made many attempts to undermine science education in some states, by insisting that intelligent design (re-badged creationism) be taught as an alternative explanation to evolution by natural selection. They even had limited success in some states, but David Morris at AlterNet has an idea: let them have their way -- Science teachers can teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution -- and teach meddling school board members a lesson at the same time.

So, how to go about it? It seems that Christian creationism isn't actually specified in any legislation or proposed legislation, because that would be unconstitional. Instead, the requirement is that teachers offer a critique of evolution and suggest alternative theories about the origins of life. So, he suggests teachers start by talking about sex. That should, at least, get the pupils' attention.

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