Ohio's current education standards for science do not use the word evolution. Instead, they recommend that students study changes over time.
However, the Ohio State Board of Education is now developing new science standards that have ignited fresh debates over the validity of intelligent design theory in both the board and the state legislature. If intelligent design is added to the board of education's standards proposal, Ohio would be the first state to do so.
Unlike Ohio's old guidelines, the new proposal uses the word evolution. A 41-member writing team of primary, secondary, and college science teachers drafted the 97-page document. The proposal is scheduled to be in final form for a board of education vote next December.
Controversy regarding the proposal began to flare at a January 13 meeting of the board's science standards subcommittee when some members opposed limiting the study of life origins to evolutionary theory.
School Board President Jennifer L. Sheets told The Washington Times last week that no board members are asking for evolution to be removed from the proposal, but some subcommittee members are asking that other viewpoints be included. Five of the nine board members on the subcommittee favor adding intelligent design, reports The New York Times. Three members have offered no opinion.
The lone subcommittee member against adding intelligent design, Martha W. Wise, told The New York Times that she is a creationist and believes in God. However, she said, those beliefs have no place in a science classroom.
At the January 13 meeting, school board members heard from John H. Calvert, a Kansas City lawyer and cofounder of the Intelligent Design Network. In his presentation, Calvert said the current draft presents ...1
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