The Freedom to Teach Intelligent Design
Ugh. A lawyer for the Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center says he's going to sue the Gull Lake Community Schools unless two middle school science teachers are allowed to include "intelligent design" in their science classes. What infuriates me is the news that these two teachers have been teaching this crap for two years, and they were only recently told to stop. This is a serious problem. Science teachers should be told in no uncertain terms that their job is to teach science, not to preach their religions.
But early this school year, the center says, the district superintendent ordered the teachers to stop teaching intelligent design and ordered related textbooks to be boxed up.
Thomas More president and chief counsel Richard Thompson said Thursday that violates academic freedom to teach and students' right to learn about controversy over evolution theory. He wrote a letter to the district's school board last week, and said he'll take the case to federal court if the district does not respond or take action by April 28.
So it's all about academic freedom. How do you suppose these folks feel about teachers' freedom to teach sex education?