At the March 11, 2002, panel discussion on evolution in front of the Ohio Board of Education, the Discovery Institute's Stephen Meyer claimed that encouragement to teach alternatives to evolution was part of the recently signed No Child Left Behind Act. Brown University biologist Kenneth R. Miller responded by using his computer to search the text of the law for the word "evolution" - unsuccessfully. Now anti-evolutionists are claiming that there is such language in the law and that Miller was being intentionally misleading.
In response to Senator Rick Santorum's March 14 op-ed piece in the Washington Times, which implied that Senator Edward Kennedy approved of teaching "intelligent design" in public school science classes, Kennedy explained in a March 21, 2002, letter to the Times that he does not; "intelligent design," he said, "is not a genuine scientific theory." The complete text of his letter:
Proposed creationist changes would be “shameful”, according to nationally recognized science curriculum expert.
March 11, Oakland, California — Ohio’s science education will improve from an F grade to an A if the new proposed statewide science standards are accepted as is, according to Dr. Lawrence Lerner, a nationally recognized expert on state science standards. But creationists may not allow that to happen.
Congratulations to NCSE member Adrian Melott, who has won the 2002 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award of the American Physical Society. This award is given annually by the leading professional physics society "(t)o recognize outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society." Dr. Melott, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, was cited "(f)or his outstanding efforts in helping to restore evolution and cosmology to their proper place in the K-12 scientific curriculum.
On March 5 the Ohio House of Representatives began hearings on two bills introduced as the controversy over new state science standards continues. Rep. Linda Reidelbach, a Columbus Republican, is the primary sponsor of both bills.