Evolution Creation Debate
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Dover Pensylvannia School District
The lawsuit brought by 11 parents and the ACLU against the Dover Area School District began Monday at federal court in Pennsylvania. In October 2004 Dover became the first school system in the US to require that students be exposed to the concept of "intelligent design" before biology lessons on evolution. The text read to grade 9 students follows:
"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.
Intelligent Design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin's view. The reference book, Of Pandas and People, is available for students who might be interested in gaining an understanding of what Intelligent Design actually involves.
With respect to any theory, students are encouraged to keep an open mind. The school leaves the discussion of the Origins of Life to individual students and their families. As a Standards-driven district, class instruction focuses upon preparing students to achieve proficiency on Standards-based assessments."
More from February 2005 Dover Area School District News
November 8 voters replaced the school board.
December 20 U.S. District Judge Rules Against Dover School Board.
January 3, 2006 the School Board decided not to appeal unanimously voted to rescind the policy.