Unless people have followed the Ohio science standards adventure since the beginning, you might be thinking “What’s the big deal?”
The standards and lesson plan adopted in 2004 was a compromise between science supporters and those who support Intelligent Design (ID).
While the standards include a disclaimer that ID would not be required to be taught, the standards left open the door to non-science ideas to be presented.
The simple fact, reinforced by the Kitzmiller decision in Dover, PA this past December, shows that there is no legitimate alternative to Evolution. ID is just creationism with a different label and all the attempts to hide it has failed.
At the Ohio State Board of Education (OBE) meeting on January 10th, a vote was taken to reverse their 2004 decision and remove the lesson plan that reeks of ID. The vote failed by one vote.
A group of Ohio scientists and friends of science, Ohio Citizens for Science, who have been fighting the standards since day one now have a PDF document that notes the 23 links between the Ohio standards process and the court decision in Kitzmiller.