Ohio Education Board reverses course on promoting 'intelligent-design' creationism.The Ohio Board of Education Feb. 14 voted 11-4 to remove "intelligent design" from state science standards, heading off for now threatened legal action by Americans United.
Attorneys with Americans United have repeatedly urged the board to drop its promotion of science standards that singled out evolution for so-called "critical analysis." The standards also included a lesson plan that AU and other critics charged would have allowed the study of intelligent design and given misleading information about the validity of evolution.
Americans United, which had worked with the pro-evolution group Ohio Citizens for Science, welcomed the board's action. "This is a great victory for Ohio public school students," said Barry W. Lynn Reverend Barry W. Lynn (born 1948 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) has been the Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State since 1992. , executive director of Americans United. "The board had conflated religion with science in a manner that poorly served the young people of Ohio."
The vote came about five weeks after Ohio Gov. Bob Taft Robert Alphonso "Bob" Taft II (born January 8, 1942) is an American Republican politician. He was elected to two terms of office as the Governor of the U.S. state of Ohio between 1999-2007. Taft started work for the University of Dayton beginning August 15 2007. surprised political observers in the state by coming out strongly against teaching ID. Although Taft appointed some of the board members pushing ID, he said Feb. 5 he does not support dumbing down instruction about evolution in Ohio's schools.
"There were cases in which I didn't ask the right questions, in some cases where I supported someone for election or appointment," Taft told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Taft added, "I think we ought to be teaching evolution. I think intelligent design should not be part of the standards and should not be tested."
Critics charged that the Ohio standards, while not mentioning intelligent design directly, promoted creationist concepts by calling for "critical analysis" of evolution, a frequent goal of creationists who insist that the biblical account in Genesis is scientifically accurate. In 2002, board member Richard Baker Richard Baker is the name of several well-known people, including:
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Reviewers in the Ohio Department of Education had called the lesson plan "inaccurate," "wrong," "horrible" and "non-scientific."
In other news about ID:
* A state legislator is attempting to weaken evolution in Utah's public schools. State Sen. Chris Buttars' bill would require teachers to offer a disclaimer before teaching evolution, asserting that not all scientists agree with it.
Although Utah is one of the most conservative states ill the country, Buttars" proposal is receiving a decidedly mixed reception. "I don't think God has an argument with science," state Rep. Stephen H. Urquhart Stephen H. Urquhart is an American politician from Utah. A Republican, he is a member of the Utah State House, representing the state's 75th house district in St. George. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Rules Committee. , a majority whip, told The New York New York, state, United States
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* Add the Vatican's newspaper to the list of ID skeptics. L'Osservatore Romano L'Osservatore Romano ("The Roman Observer") is the Vatican's newspaper. It covers all the Pope's public activities, publishes editorials by important churchmen, and prints official documents after being released. , the official Vatican publication, published an article Jan. 17 asserting that ID is not science. "If the model proposed by Darwin is held to be inadequate, one should look for another model," wrote Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology Evolutionary biology is a sub-field of biology concerned with the origin and descent of species, as well as their change, multiplication, and diversity over time. at the University of Bologna Nowadays, the University counts about 100,000 students in its 23 faculties. It has branch centers in Reggio nell'Emilia, Imola, Ravenna, Forlì, Cesena and Rimini and a branch center abroad in Buenos Aires. . "But it is not correct methodology to stray from the field of science pretending to do science."
Facchini also wrote that nothing in evolutionary theory conflicts with the Catholic Church's view of creation.