"There are only a tiny minority of people who don't believe that, who don't believe in free speech on evolution," he explains. "Unfortunately, they happen to be in some of the places of power. And so it's very good and we're very pleased that President Bush has come out on the side of academic freedom on evolution -- not on the side of censorship."
West says the Discovery Institute opposes mandating the teaching of intelligent design in schools, but supports requiring students to know about scientific criticisms of Darwinian evolution. State science standards in three states -- Ohio, New Mexico, and Minnesota -- require students to know such information.
Yes, science should no longer be moored by empiricism. It's time to base all scientific discussion on the principles of freedom of speech. Rather than teach our children what a bunch of scientists have to say, let's have our children base their scientific understanding on the snazziest PowerPoint presentation. I vote for the one with the cool animated monkey!
By the by, the Minnesota standards are here (Word document). A few things our children are expected to learn in high school:
In other words, Minnesota's science standards do not specifically require students to know scientific criticisms of evolution. Although to the extent that scientific criticisms of any theory exist, students should be exposed to those ideas. Scientists don't object to science: they object to belief masquerading as theory.