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Education for the Family

Most of you kids out there know humans are descended from other primates.  Primates are apes, monkeys, lemurs…and you!  Yup, humans are primates.  And guess who created this theory?  Charles Darwin himself.  He was the one who studied all the animals on the Galapagos Islands, including this marine iguana:

But now on to the main story.  A high school in Dover, Pennsylvania, was having issues with the school board.  A man on the school board apparently burned a poster showing evolution.  If you wondered what he was doing that for, it was because he was insulted that humans are related to apes and monkeys.  So, he and other members of the school board put a new textbook on the school supplies list.  It was called “Of Pandas and People” and it was all about a created theory about something called Intelligent Design.  This was created to teach students that an “intelligent agent” was making everything.    This is the start of the problem that was shown on the NOVA Episode Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial.

After the problem started, the real trouble started.  Some parents were supporting the fact that Intelligent Design might be religion being taught in the classroom.  But to convince the students that Intelligent Design is science, the school board had to teach the students that Darwin was wrong. So, they created a statement that said that Darwin’s theory is not proven and that Intelligent Design is a pretty accurate scientific theory.  The teachers were supposed to say this statement, but they refused.  So the school board members came in and made the statement instead.  But then, it was off to the courtroom.  Parents sued the school board claiming that Intelligent Design is religion in disguise.

But for the full story, go to the NOVA website.   I think the episode was great.  In the comments, tell me what you think!

Signing off now…

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