Why Kitzmiller v Dover should be remembered 15 years later

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

11 a.m., October 4, 2020

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“Why Kitzmiller v Dover should be remembered 15 years later”

Kitzmiller vs Dover was a federal district court trial in 2005 over the legality of a small Pennsylvania town’s requirement of the teaching of “intelligent design theory” (ID). The judge ruled that ID was a form of creationism, violated the First Amendment, and was therefore illegal to advocate in the public school classroom. Had the decision gone the other way, the consequences would have been profound. That creationism lost in Dover means that many battles over legislation, state science standards, and local and state educational policies were very different during the last 15 years. Unfortunately, the politicization of science education continues.

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a not for profit membership organization of scientists, teachers, and others that works to improve the teaching of science as a way of knowing, the teaching of evolution, and the teaching of climate change. A former college professor, Dr. Scott is an internationally-known expert on the creationism and evolution controversy and science denialism, and is called upon by the press and other media to explain science to the general public. The author of Evolution vs Creationism: An Introduction and co-editor with Glenn Branch of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for our Schools, she is the recipient of numerous awards from scientists and educators, and has been awarded ten honorary degrees. Asteroid 249540 Eugeniescott was named for her in 2014.


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