Dover’s Erstwhile School Board Takes Another Hit

A federal judge ruled that it’s unconstitutional to require that a Darwin-doubting, ID-promoting statement be read in science classes. Further, he thinks the former school board members who promoted the policy lied about their motives. Oh burn:

Said the judge: “It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy.”

Here’s the statement that was read to students (with my helpful annotations):

The Pennsylvania Academic Standards require students to learn about Darwin’s theory of evolution and eventually to take a standardized test of which evolution is a part.

Because Darwin’s theory is a theory, it continues to be tested as new evidence is discovered. The theory is not a fact. Gaps in the theory exist for which there is no evidence. A theory is defined as a well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations. Incidentally, Gravity is also a theory.

Intelligent design is an explanation (note that I didn’t say ‘theory’) of the origin of life that differs from Darwin’s view. The reference book, “Of Pandas and People,” is available in the library along with other resources for students who might be interested in gaining an understanding of what intelligent design actually involves.

With respect to any theory (which, I want to emphasize, does not include ID), students are encouraged to keep an open mind. The school leaves the discussion of the origins of life to individual students and their families. This will be especially useful to those of you whose parents are biologists. As a standards-driven district, class instruction focuses upon preparing students to achieve proficiency on standards-based assessments.

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