Evolution vs Intelligent Design Research

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Darshane Hines
Biology 211
Dr. Peters

What other regions of the country have had attempts to include Intelligent Design into their science curricula? Where have ID proponents been successful in incorporating this viewpoint into public science classes? The theory of intelligent design argues that some features of the universe are best explained as the products of an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Due to its controversial nature it is not widely taught throughout our country and has met with some problems for schools that have taught the idea. While private and religious-based schools have the freedom to teach open curricula, we learned in 2005 that public schools however cannot. In December 2005, a federal judge in Pennsylvania made a controversial ruling that it would be unconstitutional to teach the theory of intelligent design in public school science class (Kitzmiller v. Dover). Another school in Ohio began looking into adding Intelligent Design into their curricula but ended up coming short when it became time to make the ruling. After a poll of local parents, students and teachers it was found that 59% favored including teaching both evolution and intelligent design to middle school and high school students, while only 8% wanted only evolution taught. More surprising though was the substantial amount of poll-takers that did not believe intelligent design is science; 90% of people polled thought that intelligent design was not supported at all by scientific evidence, and 91% thought that it is a primarily religious view. *Also at least 86% of people polled knew nothing of or had never heard of intelligent design* While most people in this Ohio school district thought that both intelligent design and evolution need to be taught most did not believe it needs to be a graduation requirement; with 92% of pollers voting yes to students being tested on evolution to graduate, 90% voted no to being testing on intelligent...
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