School District Supports "Intelligent Design"

The Board of Education of the Patrick Henry Local School District in Ohio has passed a motion supporting "the idea of intelligent design being included as appropriate in classroom discussions in addition to other scientific theories", according to an article in the April 16 issue of the Northwest Signal. The newspaper quoted the district superintendent as saying students should "have the benefit of being taught both topics of evolution." The rural district in northwestern Ohio is believed to be the first in the state to express an opinion about the teaching of evolution as the statewide Board of Education prepares to adopt science standards later this year amid controversy over "intelligent design". An Associated Press report in the June 9 Cincinnati Enquirer quotes the district superintendent as well: "It's a conservative area. A good many of us spend a lot of time in churches, and those beliefs are important and should be discussed in these classes."