I can only speak for myself, and not the rest of those at UD, but in my opinion, voting against any mandate to teach ID or creation science in the public schools is the right thing to do. As much as I advocate that ID is correct, it is not the time to teach it in the public schools. Creationist Don McLeroy, chairman of the Texas School board, agrees.
McLeroy’s position is to be applauded by everyone. He might be the one guy that Darwinists, Creationists, and ID proponents will support with respect to not mandating ID or creation science in the public school.
My own view, and I hope it is the one the Texas School Board adopts, is to advocate teaching MORE about evolution, and not less, and to teach it in the way which Darwin would have wished.
A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.
I strongly recommend that evolution be studied thoroughly in the high schools. I also recommend Explore Evolution as a textbook. Details of this book and how to order it can be found at www.ExploreEvolution.com.
There are individuals who may be pro-ID out there who want to lobby to teach ID in the public schools. I think this is ill advised. I encourage rather than lobbying for the teaching of ID or creation science, one should lobby for teaching MORE evolution, and in the way Darwin would have wished it taught. The was beautifully accomplished in the book: Explore Evolution
Ok, in light of that, here is the article August 24, 2007, State board members oppose teaching intelligent design in schools:
State board members oppose teaching intelligent design in schools
AUSTIN Ã¢â‚¬â€ A majority of State Board of Education members said the theory of intelligent design should be left out of the science curriculum for public schools.
The board will rewrite the science curriculum next year and some observers expect backers of intelligent design to push for the theory’s inclusion.
In interviews with The Dallas Morning News, 10 of the board’s 15 members said they wouldn’t support requiring the teaching of intelligent design. One board member said she was open to the idea. Four board members didn’t respond to the newspaper’s phone calls.
Proponents of intelligent design contend that life is too complex to have occurred by chance, requiring instead the guidance of an unnamed supernatural being. Critics say it’s a ploy for introducing creationism Ã¢â‚¬â€ the biblical account of the origin of humans Ã¢â‚¬â€ into science classes.
“Creationism and intelligent design don’t belong in our science classes,” said Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy, who described himself as a creationist. “Anything taught in science has to have consensus in the science community and intelligent design does not.”
McLeroy, R-College Station, said he doesn’t want to change the existing requirement that evolution be taught in high school biology classes. But he joined several of his colleagues in arguing that biology textbooks should cover the weaknesses of the theory of evolution.
McLeroy and three other socially conservative board members voted against the current biology texts in 2003 over the evolution issue. The textbook debate comes up again in 2011.