Court Case May Determine How Evolution Is Taught In US

September 27th, 2005 | researchmaterial

A landmark legal trial begins on Monday that could determine how the theory of evolution – one of the basic tenets of modern science – is taught in US schools.

In the town of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 11 parents of children who already attend the nearby Dover High school or who will in future, together with the American Civil Liberties Union, are suing the Dover Area School District for voting in new rules that will encourage children to consider alternatives to evolution such as “intelligent design” (ID).

The court’s verdict will only bind schools within the Dover district, but could influence how schools teach evolution across the country, says Witold Walczak, a lawyer for the ACLU…

“If we lose this case, I suspect it will send a green light to many school districts across the country that it is okay to teach ID…”


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