I had posted before about a Polk County school board member, Kay Fields, who expressed an interest in intelligent design. Well, the situation just got a whole lot worse. The local newspaper there, the Lakeland Ledger, asked the other board members for their opinions and revealed that a majority seem to agree with Fields.
A majority of Polk County School Board members say they support teaching intelligent design in addition to evolution in public schools.
Board members Tim Harris, Margaret Lofton and Hazel Sellers said they oppose proposed science standards for Florida schools that lists evolution and biological diversity as one of the “big ideas” that students need to know for a well-grounded science education.
“If it ever comes to the board for a vote, I will vote against the teaching of evolution as part of the science curriculum,” Lofton said. “If (evolution) is taught, I would want to balance it with the fact that we may live in a universe created by a supreme being as well.”
(edite to add: School board members say they are getting e-mails supporting intellgent design. We need to counter that misinformation. Please consider taking a moment to send e-mails to the school board members. Tim Harris, Tim.Harris@polk-fl.net. Margaret Lofton, Margaret.Lofton@polk-fl.net. Hazel Sellers, Hazel.Sellers@polk-fl.net. Kay Fields, Kay.Fields@polk-fl.net.)
Fortunately, the reporter has some background information on the Dover case, which ruled in no uncertain terms that intelligent design is not science, but rather a strictly religious idea. We appreciate its mention in the story. But then comes the real shocker:
Despite the Pennsylvania case, some school board members want both intelligent design and evolution taught in Polk schools. They say they have received numerous e-mails and phone calls in support of intelligent design.
“My tendency would be to have both sides shared with students since neither side can be proven,” Tim Harris said.
A couple of our Florida Citizens for Science board members will be on hand today during a school board meeting to try to talk some sense into these people.
[Jonathan] Smith said that board members may not understand the implications of fighting the new standards.”Are they going to teach intelligent design and have a million-dollar lawsuit?” Smith asked. “I doubt that.”