Thursday, September 07, 2006

 

Science theories may face scrutiny (Ohio School Board Controversy)

Columbus, Ohio - The state school board will consider Monday whether the debate over intelligent design vs. evolution should have a second coming.

At the request of the board, the Ohio Department of Education drafted a nine-page "Controversial Issues Template."

Supporters say the template provides guidelines for discussion; opponents say the document is another attempt to single out and cast doubt on widely accepted scientific theories.

The nine-page document itself is evolutionary. Earlier this year, a proposal was to encourage debate of specific issues: Evolution, global warming and stem cell research.

Now, it encourages students to conduct research and have open discussion in the classroom.

The template is expected to get its first airing when the board and its committees hold their monthly three-day meetings in Columbus next week. [Controversy, News]

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