Intelligent design, minority reports and free speech
The Discovery Institute, the Seattle think tank best known for its support of intelligent design, has entered the fray over Florida's science standards. Well, sort of. It acknowledged on its Evolution News & Views blog today that it provided information to Fred Cutting, the member of the standards-writing committee who recently submitted a minority report on the issue.
"Mr. Cutting inquired with us for information about solid evolution education, and we were happy to supply it, along with input on his draft Minority Report," the post says. "By the way," it continues, "we constantly receive inquiries from students, teachers, school board members and other educators from all around the United States who want information about how they can teach evolution in a more objective fashion, and we help out whenever we can."
In related news, the Orlando Sentinel's School Zone blog is reporting that Seminole County Superintendent Bill Vogel told teachers this morning that it's okay after all if they want to talk to the press about teaching evolution. His comments were a response to a curt email that the district PIO issued last week after The Gradebook called Seminole High in Sanford (see Gradebook on that here.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter