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Action Needed: Darwinist Censors Mount Effort to Repeal Ohio’s “Critical Analysis of Evolution” Model Lesson Plan
In 2004 the Ohio State Board of Education led the nation by adopting a landmark model lesson plan on the “Critical Analysis of Evolution.” However, those who favor a Darwin-only approach to teaching evolution are now trying to strong-arm the Board into repealing this lesson plan. In January, the Board voted 9-8 to preserve the lesson plan, but the razor-thin margin of the vote guarantees that Darwinists will try to get the Board to repeal the lesson once again at the Feb. 14 meeting.
Contrary to Darwinist misinformation, Ohio’s “Critical Analysis of Evolution” lesson plan:
- is based on mainstream scientific criticisms of Darwin’s theory.
- was drafted by a committee of science educators from Ohio, including biologists.
- does not include religion, creationism, or intelligent design.
- is completely voluntary.
- is only one of four lesson plans on evolution.
- adopts an approach overwhelmingly favored by citizens of Ohio.
- promotes critical thinking skills rather presenting evolution as dogma.
Because of the pressure being placed on the Ohio State Board of Education, it is imperative that Ohio citizens voice their support for the model lesson plan and balanced evolution education. This can be done by calling Board members to voice support or attending upcoming board meetings to speak on behalf of the policy. Here is how you can help:
Contact the Ohio State Board of Education. Call Board Relations at (614) 466-4838 or visit http://www.ode.state.oh.us/board/ for information on how to contact Board members. Messages should be respectful and focus on the benefits of teaching evolution critically rather than dogmatically. They should support the “Critical Analysis of Evolution” model lesson and oppose repeal.
Model lesson plan, “Critical Analysis of Evolution” (PDF format)
Click here to read letters to the Ohio State Board of Education by prominent scientists.
March 7, 2004
Don’t let dogma censor teaching, by Benjamin Wiker, Cincinnati Enquirer
March 4, 2004
“Again, Teach the Best Science”, staff editorial, Cincinnati Enquirer
February 14, 2004
Survival of the Snit, staff editorial, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
February 8, 2004
Ohio wading into debate on biology, by Peter Bronson, Cincinnati Enquirer
December 17, 2002
Darwin in the Classroom: Ohio Allows Alternative, by Senior Fellow John G. West, National Review Online
November 11, 2002
Intelligent Design vs. Darwinism: Theories in Collision, by Senior Fellow Stephen C. Meyer, Columbus Dispatch
September 3, 2002
Teach All the Evidence, staff editorial, Cincinnati Enquirer
June 11, 2002
Missing Link, staff editorial, by the Plain Dealer
March 30, 2002
Teach the Controversy, by Senior Fellow Stephen C. Meyer, Cincinnati Enquirer