In a short but to-the-point statement on his website, Michigan’s Republican candidate for Governor, Dick DeVos, released his opinion on the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID).
“I’ve always believed that our children should be provided with more knowledge, not less. Lots of intelligent people can disagree about the origins of life. In the end, I believe in our system of local control. Local school boards should have the opportunity to offer evolution and intelligent design in their curriculums.”
In case you didn’t know, Intelligent Design is a theory put forward by those who believe that there are significant gaps in Darwin’s theory of evolution. It states that the universe has an intelligent design; therefore, it must have an intelligent designer. Intelligent design does not contradict evolution, but helps to explain some of facts not explained by other theories.
There have been several attempts in various parts of the country to include the theory of Intelligent Design in the science curriculum. Most, unfortunately, have met resistance form various groups. Their biggest argument is that ID belongs in a religion class, not a science class.
I really don’t care what class you teach it in, but I do believe that it should be mandated that every student lean about the ID theory. I also believe that schools should offer parents the option to have their children excused for the part of that class that teaches ID, and for the part that teaches evolution. Ask yourself: Is there really any harm in exposing children to more than one theory, particularly when they can both be taught together, with out contradiction or conflicting information?
My personal view is that God created Earth, and God created man, but he also created ways for Earth’s species to change and adapt in order to survive. I support both the theory of Evolution (when not taken out of context) and the theory of Intelligent Design.