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An Open Letter to the Ohio Citizens for Science


by Eugenie C. Scott


Dear Ohio Citizens for Science,

Well, you did it.

Louisiana Rejects Evolution Disclaimer

On December 12 the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 7-3 not to require biology textbooks to include an evolution "disclaimer". Opponents of evolution education had proposed that Louisiana require a version of the disclaimer placed in all Alabama biology texts since 1996. Alabama remains the only state with such a requirement.

State Board Adopts Standards, Rejects Intelligent Design

On December 10 the Ohio Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt new science standards which will guide public school curriculum and testing across the state. For the first time Ohio's standards will explicitly include the concept of evolution. Local supporters of science education consider the new standards a great improvement over the previous statewide guidelines, especially in their treatment of biological evolution.

AAAS Releases Statement on Intelligent Design

The board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) released a "Resolution on Intelligent Design Theory" that states, in part, that

Whereas, the ID movement has failed to offer credible scientific evidence to support their claim that ID undermines the current scientifically accepted theory of evolution;

Whereas the ID movement has not proposed a scientific means of testing its claims;

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