SEATTLE – "Ohio critics of intelligent design now want to dumb down the teaching of evolution by censoring out scientific evidence challenging Darwinism and that is bad for students and bad for science education," said Casey Luskin, program officer for public policy and legal affairs with Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture. "A lot of evidence surrounding evolution isn't typically covered in biology courses. Students need to learn more about evolution, not less."
In the wake of a judge's ruling banning intelligent design from the Dover, Pennsylvania school district, special interest groups opposed to teaching the controversy about Darwinian evolution are trying to pressure the Ohio State Board of Education to repeal an Ohio state science standard which requires students to be able to "describe how scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory." The standards clearly state that they "do not mandate the teaching or testing of intelligent design."
"The Dover ruling clearly has no relevance for Ohio," said Luskin. "Ohio is not teaching intelligent design, making this a completely different issue."
"The sad truth is that there are some Darwinists out there who want to impose dogmatism in the curriculum, and don't want students to know all there is to know about Darwinian evolution," Luskin added. "It is critically important that students learn about all the most current scientific evidence both for and against the theory."
The state board of education unanimously adopted the current science standards in 2002, after hearing testimony and input from teachers, science educators, and scientists from across Ohio.
Discovery Institute is the nation's leading think tank researching the scientific theory of intelligent design. In science education, it supports the "teach the controversy" approach to Darwinian evolution. Its Center for Science and Culture has over 40 biologists, biochemists, physicists, philosophers and historians of science, and public policy and legal experts, most of whom have positions with colleges and universities.