Joined: Jan. 2006
This is being talked about at TPT, but I am overcome with the irony and I had to post about it here...
A new self published DI book attacking the Jones ruling:
Traipsing Into Evolution
One of the "expert legal" co-authors - David DeWolf
A previous one of DeWolf's "expert" books on legal matters:
Intelligent Design in Public School Science Curricula: A Legal Guidebook
A quote from this DI fellow's brilliant legal mind from that guidebook:
Local school boards and state education officials are frequently pressured to avoid teaching the controversy regarding biological origins. Indeed, many groups, such as the National Academy of Sciences, go so far as to deny the existence of any genuine scientific controversy about the issue.160 Nevertheless, teachers should be reassured that they have the right to expose their students to the problems as well as the appeal of Darwinian theory. Moreover, as the previous discussion demonstrates, school boards have the authority to permit, and even encourage, teaching about design theory as an alternative to Darwinian evolution-and this includes the use of textbooks such as Of Pandas and People that present evidence for the theory of intelligent design.
The controlling legal authority, the Supreme Court's decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, explicitly permits the inclusion of alternatives to Darwinian evolution so long as those alternatives are based on scientific evidence and not motivated by strictly religious concerns. Since design theory is based on scientific evidence rather than religious assumptions, it clearly meets this test. Including discussions of design in the science curriculum thus serves an important goal of making education inclusive, rather than exclusionary. In addition, it provides students with an important demonstration of the best way for them as future scientists and citizens to resolve scientific controversies-by a careful and fair-minded examination of the evidence.
I need to go to the store now, my irony meter seems to have blown up.
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