Pa. School District Considers Adding `Intelligent Design'. (People & Events)

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Members of the Phoenixville, Pa., School Board have added a sentence to the school's mission statement that one board member hopes might open the door to the teaching of "intelligent design" and creationism.

David M. Langdon, an evangelical Christian who believes in the creation account described in the Book of Genesis, originally introduced a proposal that would have specifically permitted including intelligent design in science classes. Administrators balked at that proposal but did agree to modify the school's mission statement to assert, "Critical thinking, along with objective and thorough investigation of data and theories in all areas of study, is necessary to ensure the success of the educational program."

Langdon sees the move as an opening for intelligent design. Evolution, he said, cannot be proven. "By and large, evolution denies any view of God being involved in the creation of any form of life on earth," he told the Phoenixville News. "One is a theistic view and one is an atheistic viewpoint."

Langdon told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he would press teachers to present "both sides" of the issue of evolution and said teachers should instruct about "the problems with evolution." He added that he would like to see district teachers trained in how to "present ideas that are controversial in many different areas [such as] same-sex adoption and gay marriage. …