Here’s a video clip from CNN on the “Academic Freedom” bills being supported in states around the U.S. by the Discovery Institute (DI), the major proponents of Intelligent Design. The clip is seven minutes long, with a reasonable 3-minute overview followed by a 4-minute interview with Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for evolution: how the marriage of science and religion will transform your life and our world.
The one thing in this clip that I find notable is this statement by John West of the Discovery Institute:
I think that the evolution education in this country is dumbed down.
I agree with that statement, and I think we can’t make significant progress in this controversy without major improvements in the teaching of Biology. The way to do this, of course, is not by mixing in a bunch of stuff that’s not natural science, as West would do, but rather to help kids learn how the natural sciences they’re studying actually do work.
This link should open the curricublog category archive with other posts on these “Academic Freedom” bills.