Ohio Science Standards Update
Ohio HB 481, was introduced by Representative Reidelbach and fifteen other
co-sponsors on January 24, 2002. The bill requires Ohio schools to do three
Encourage the teaching of origins science objectively and without religious,
naturalistic or philosophic bias or assumption.
Provide appropriate explanation about any material assumption that
is used as a basis for an explanation in origins science; and
Encourage curriculum development that will promote critical thinking
and help students understand the full range of scientific views regarding
origins and why the subject is controversial.
The bill has attracted a firestorm of political and media attention. We
have collected copies of the legislation, comments, testimony and news articles
and will post updates as they are available.
For further information on the Ohio Science Standards, you can also visit
the IDNet website at: http://www.intelligentdesignnetwork.org/.
a bird's-eye view of the origins debate in Ohio, go to this
entire page at the Cleveland Plain Dealer devoted to the "Intelligent
Majority of Those Surveyed Want Evolution, Intelligent Design to Get Equal
Time in School June 9, 2002 article by Scott
Stephens and John Mangels for the Cleveland Plain Dealer discussing
recent opinions about teaching evolution and intelligent design in the public
schools. File Date 06.11.02.
Education in Ohio Schools March 14, 2002
article by Rick Santorum for The WashingtonTimes. File Date 03.14.02.
or Design? February 20 Christian Science Monitor One
of America's longest-running dramas is being revived in Ohio. There, the
state school board is wrestling with whether to give the theory of evolution
sole billing in its revised science curriculum, or to make room for an alternative
theory called "intelligent design." File Date 02.19.02.
Ohio School Hearing, a New Theory Will Seek a Place Alongside Evolution
February 11, New York Times The latest challenge to evolution's primacy
in the nation's classrooms the theory of intelligent design, not
the old foe creationism will get a full- scale hearing next month
before Ohio Board of Education members, who are in a heated debate over
whether established science censors other views about the origins of life.
File Date 02.11.02.
vs. intelligent design: Experts to Weigh in on Science Standards
February 5, Columbus Dispatch Scientists from throughout the nation
are being summoned to help the Ohio Board of Education decide whether students
should be taught that life on Earth is the result of evolution or intelligent
design. File Date 02.06.02.
and Intellectual Freedom: Challenges to Naturalistic Evolution
Link to Chuck Colson's Breakpoint transcript, February 14, 2002.
from Phillip Johnson
from Ohio (1.31.02) In this Weekly
Wedge Update, Phillip Johnson (with the help of John Calvert) discusses
the Ohio School Board situation in greater depth. He cites, in particular,
the interest in intelligent design shown by the Science Standards Committee
of the Board.
Controversy in Ohio (1.17.02) Unhappy with
an early draft of the proposed science curriculum for grades K-12, several
members of the Ohio State Board of Education are pushing for a rewrite that
would present evolution as "an assumption, not fact," and would
include an alternative explanation for how humans and all other living things
came to exist.
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