To Debate or Not to Debate Intelligent Design?
By Gerald Graff
When I heard that advocates of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Intelligent DesignÃ¢â‚¬Â were urging schools to Ã¢â‚¬Å“teach the controversyÃ¢â‚¬Â between their view and Darwinian evolution, I was dismayed.
About 20 years ago, I coined the phrase Ã¢â‚¬Å“teach the controversyÃ¢â‚¬Â when I argued that schools and colleges should respond to the then-emerging culture wars over education by bringing their disputes into academic courses themselves. . . .
So I felt as if my pocket had been picked when the Intelligent Design crowd appropriated my slogan. . . .
And yet, setting intellectual property questions aside, the more I ponder the matter and read the commentators on both sides, the more I tend to think that a case can be made for teaching the controversy between ID and Darwin. . . .
Though I share these fears, there seems to me a certain failure of nerve here on the part of the Left. After all, if evolution and intelligent design were debated in academic courses, the religious Right would have the same risk of losing as the liberal secularists Ã¢â‚¬â€ maybe greater risk. . . .
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