n Georgia, for example, the Cobb County District School Board decided in March this year to affix stickers to science textbooks, telling students that "evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things." Following a lawsuit filed August 21 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, the school board on September 26 modified its policy statement, but again described evolution as a "disputed view" that must be "balanced" in the classroom, taking into account other family teachings. The exact impact of the amended school board policy in Cobb County classrooms remains unclear.
A similar challenge is underway in Ohio, where the state's education board on October 14 passed a unanimous, though preliminary vote to keep ID theory out of the state's science classrooms. But, their ruling left the door open for local school districts to present ID theory together with science, and suggested that scientists should "continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory." In fact, even while the state-level debate continued, the Patrick Henry Local School District, based in Columbus, passed a motion this June to support "the idea of intelligent design being included as appropriate in classroom discussions in addition to other scientific theories."
MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County school board voted unanimously Thursday night to give its teachers permission to introduce varying views about the origin of life in the classroom, including creationism.
The proposal says the district "believes that discussion of disputed views of academic subjects is a necessary element of providing a balanced education, including the study of the origin of species."
Cobb County resident Jeffrey Selman spoke out against the decision.
"I am flabbergasted. All these people want to take a pseudoscientific approach to religion," Selman said. "Let them believe in God. Let me believe in God. But how can they deny that this is bringing religion into classrooms? Science as we know it will lose all its credibility."
Others praised the board's choice as a way to encourage academic freedom and applauded the decision.
"We are not advocating religion in the classroom, but rather a comprehensive presentation both for and against Darwinism," said Cobb County resident Larry Taylor. "We believe teachers should educate, not indoctrinate."
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