Merry-go-round to hell
On the Uncommon Descent blog, William Dembski said,
Since 1999, Kansas has now swung four times on the question of science standards and whether evolutionary theory should be properly scrutinized or swallowed whole. Below is the latest. This war will not be decided by courts, legislators, or school boards, but by young people as they wake up to the fact that dogmatic Darwinists have been systematically indoctrinating and disenfranchising them. Just as the counterculture of the 60s overturned the status quo, so a new counterculture, with high school, college, and university students taking the lead, will overturn the Darwinian status quo.
Evolution Opponents Lose in Kansas Primary
By John Hanna
posted: 02 August 2006
Control of the school board has slipped into, out of and back into conservative Republicans’ hands since 1998, resulting in anti-evolution standards in 1999, evolution-friendly ones in 2001 and anti-evolution ones again last year.
He's right. For years, critics of Darwinism have been banging their heads against a wall in a futile effort to get legislators, school boards, and the courts to allow even the slightest criticism of Darwinism in public-school science classrooms. It is time to get off this merry-go-round to hell and target the students themselves directly. Legislators, school board members, and judges are soon going to find themselves irrelevant.
There has also been see-sawing in Ohio. After the Kitzmiller v. Dover decision was released on December 20, the Ohio Board of Education held an "emergency" vote in January on whether to keep the evolution lesson plan that included critical analysis of evolution (the only "emergency" was that the board wanted to avoid hearing public comments before voting), and voted to keep it. Then in February the Ohio BOE held another "emergency" vote on the plan and voted to delete it but invited a replacement. Now the board is considering another science standard calling for critical analysis of evolution. See http://science2.marion.ohio-state.edu/ohioscience/
The courts have also been giving the runaround. In an oral hearing on the Selman v. Cobb County textbook sticker case at an appeals court in December 2005, the judges noted that important evidence was missing but also appeared to be leaning toward reversal because of reasons that had nothing to do with the missing evidence. However, after five months of stalling, the appeals court remanded the case to the district court because of the missing evidence, a huge 16 months after the district court decision was released.