intelligent design, science education and public reason

a disqueting white paper: intelligent design, science education and public reason by robert a crouch, richard b. miller and lisa h. sideris, poynter center for the study of ethics and american institutions, indiana university. [sep 06]

we believe that the recent attempts to discredit evolutionary theory and to insinuate intelligent design into public school science curricula is no less than an assault on the dictates of public reason and dispassionate inquiry and their valued and well-earned place, not only in educational institutions but in political culture and public policy more generally. While intelligent design may soon vanish from debates within state legislatures and local school boards across the country, the pernicious effects of the more general attack on the value of reason in public will, we believe, linger.

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