“Of Pandas And People”

Ken AshfordEducation, Godstuff2 Comments

PandapeopleThat’s the title of the textbook about "intelligent design" — the book that the religious right wants in schools to counterpoint the teaching of evolution.

People like me insist that "intelligent design", aside from not being science at all, is merely creationism in new clothes.  ID proponents say that "intelligent design" is a theory entirely different from creationism (because it is unconstitutional to teach creationism in public schools).

Seems like an impasse.  Except — wait a minute — what’s this?

"Devastating" early drafts of a controversial book recommended as reading at a US high school reveal how the word “creationism” had been later swapped for “intelligent design”, a landmark US trial scrutinising the teaching of ID heard on Wednesday.

The early drafts of the book Of Pandas and People, was used as evidence to link the book to creationism, which it is illegal to teach in US schools.

“ID proponents have said for years that they are not creationists,” says Nick Matzke of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California, which is advising 11 parents who are suing the school board of Dover High School in Pennsylvania for incorporating ID into the science curriculum. “This proves beyond a doubt that this is simply a new name for creationism.”