Four School Board members would teach intelligent design alongside evolution.
Nice, now the kids in Florida will finally be able to catch up and learn what God obviously wants kids taught but is incapable of teaching himself. Good work Florida!
A majority of Pinellas County School Board members think that if Florida children are taught evolution, they also should learn other theories on the origin of life.
Board members Jane Gallucci, Carol Cook, Peggy O’Shea and Nancy Bostock stopped short of saying that faith-based theories should be included in the state’s proposed new science standards, which the Board of Education likely will vote on in February. They would include Darwin’s theory of evolution but not faith-based theories such as intelligent design or creationism.
But in interviews, all four said such theories should be taught in public school classrooms.
“I think that students should be given the opportunity to view all theories on how man evolved and let their science background and their religious background take over as to which one they believe in,” said Gallucci, also the immediate past president of the National School Boards Association.
“To teach one as if nothing else existed, I think we’re doing our students a disservice,” Cook said.
O’Shea worries that children who are taught creationism at home might be confused by evolution. And Bostock wonders if creationism could be taught without saying it’s science.
Board members Janet Clark and Linda Lerner, however, said intelligent design has no place in a public school classroom. Board member Mary Brown declined to offer an opinion.