Evolution Debate Goes On

The debate over how science should be taught in Texas public schools goes on. Both sides in the battle over teaching the theory of evolution make their case to the State Board of Education again tomorrow. Jim Bell reports.
The current science curriculum requires teachers to present the "strengths and weaknesses" of all scientific theories. The board of education is considering a proposal to change the curriculum to teach "strengths and limitations" of all scientific theories.

On one side, the Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture encourages teaching the controversial theory of intelligent design and the theory of evolution and allowing students to analyze and evaluate them.

A coalition of Texas scientists and educators says that approach undermines evolution and amounts to teaching religious beliefs.

The board will vote on this adjustment to the science curriculum in March.  Federal courts have ruled against forcing the teaching of creationism and intelligent design. 

Jim Bell, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.