PBS NOVA omitted teachers' agreement to ID book
On August 30, 2004, the Board Curriculum Committee met with Spahr, Miller, Nilsen, Baksa, Bonsell, Buckingham, Harkins, and Casey Brown with the principal subject of discussion being Pandas [Of Pandas and People] and how it would be used in the classroom. .Although Spahr expressed concern that the textbook taught ID, which she equated with creationism, Buckingham wanted Pandas to be used in the classroom as a comparison text side-by-side the standard biology textbook. Despite the fact that the teachers strongly opposed using Pandas as a companion text, they agreed that Pandas could be placed in the classroom as a reference text as a compromise with the Board. (citations omitted)
In the end, Of Pandas and People was not even placed in the classroom but was placed in the school library.
Here is the story as told by the "Judgment Day" TV program:
NARRATOR: Now, Buckingham was ready to take a stand.
ROB ESCHBACH: He came up with the ultimatum that the only way that they would vote for the textbooks, was that we adopted the book Of Pandas and People, as a sister or companion textbook.
But when he put it before the school board, he came up two votes short. The board chose to purchase only the standard biology book co-authored by Ken Miller.
Pandas was shelved.
NARRATOR: That might have been the end of the story, but a few weeks later, 60 copies of Pandas turned up in Bertha's Spahr's department—a gift to the school from an anonymous donor.
Then, without consulting the teachers, members of Buckingham's curriculum committee drafted the outlines of what became a bold new policy for the science department.
It was brought before the full school board for a vote, and after a heated debate, it passed six to three.
In its final form, the policy mandated that all students in ninth grade biology be read a one-minute statement telling them that Darwin's theory is not a fact and that it contains gaps.
Suggesting intelligent design as an alternative, it directed students to the 60 copies of Pandas that would be available as a reference.
Failing to mention that the Dover science teachers agreed to use Pandas as a reference text is a very serious omission by the "Judgment Day" TV program. If you think that this omission was just a little white lie, then look at the big stink that was made over Buckingham and Bonsell not being completely forthright about where they got the money to purchase the books.
The Dover science teachers, by refusing to read the ID statement informing the students that the book was available in the library, reneged on their agreement that the book could be used as a reference text.
By refusing to read the ID statement, the teachers made it obvious that they disagreed with it. So they could have read the statement and told their classes that they disagreed with it.
An alternative to scrapping the ID statement entirely would have been to modify it, e.g., by removing the term "intelligent design," which implies the existence of an intelligent designer.
Even with the one-minute ID statement, Darwinists had by far the better part of the bargain:
(1) Only Darwinism was actually taught.
(2) The board agreed to purchase a heavily pro-Darwinist biology textbook.
Labels: Kitzmiller v. Dover (new #1)