The Debate Over 'Intelligent Design' in the Classroom Continues

January 19, 2005

Source: The New York Times

On January 19, 2005 The New York Times reported, "a school district in Pennsylvania and another in Georgia have pressed ahead with their challenges to the teaching of evolution in their public schools. The school board in Dover, Pa., south of Harrisburg, had an administrator read a one-minute statement to ninth graders in biology class yesterday saying evolution is not fact and offering a different approach called 'intelligent design.' Though other school districts had issued disclaimers to students about the reliability of evolutionary theory, Dover last fall became the first in the nation to identify an alternative... Ninth-grade science teachers at Dover Area High School, who are critical of the statement, have refused to read it to their students. It was read instead, to six classes, by the district's assistant superintendent yesterday and is to be read to three more classes today. The American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are suing the school board on behalf of 11 parents to force it to rescind its decision."