The Wall Street Journal is featuring a very intelligent editorial about the stupidity surrounding attempts to force the teaching of creationism in science classes and why the recent ruling in Pennsylvania is completely correct.
It’s a good summary of why the arguments of “intelligent” design folks don’t hold water. But the bottom line for education is summed up right here.
What schools should do is teach evolution emphasizing both its successes and its still unexplained limitations. Evolution, like almost every scientific theory, has some problems. But they are not the kinds of problems that can be solved by assuming that an intelligent designer (whom ID advocates will tell you privately is God) created life. There is not a shred of evidence to support this theory, one that has been around since the critics of Darwin began writing in the 19th century.
However, there are still some who would like to play politics with science education in American schools. Take this from W’s little brother, governor of Florida and prospective heir to the throne.
At one point he’s calling for higher standards in the state’s science standards, saying that raising them “should take priority over discussing whether intelligent design has a place in the public schools’ curriculum”. Then he goes on to make this incredibly stupid remark.
The Watchdog Report asked a follow-up question: Does the governor believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution?
Bush said: “Yeah, but I don’t think it should actually be part of the curriculum, to be honest with you. And people have different points of view and they can be discussed at school, but it does not need to be in the curriculum.”
I’m hoping Jeb misunderstood the question, but I doubt it.