Yesterday, we wrote about Colin Moyer , the Curtis High School senior who was awarded an ACLU scholarship for getting his school to stop teaching


More From the High School Student Who Blew the Whistle on Intelligent Design

Yesterday, we wrote about Colin Moyer, the Curtis High School senior who was awarded an ACLU scholarship for getting his school to stop teaching creationism--when he was in tenth grade.

Today, we got a chance to talk to him about the curriculum battle and his decision to start a student paper--something we neglected to mention yesterday.

"The class was always taught back and forth, with students asking questions," says Moyer. "When we got to evolution, we were no longer allowed to ask questions in class, and there were no tests or quizzes or homework." So Moyer went to the library, read up on the evolution/intelligent design debate and the Dover case in Pennsylvania (prohibiting the teaching of intelligent design in public school science classes there), and made his case to the administration. Were any other students concerned?, we asked. "A little bit," he says. "But none of them were too annoyed about it. Would you expect a student to complain for not having a test or homework?"

As for the Viking Underground, the student paper of which he is manager and editor-in-chief, "It was kind of a response to everything I did with the evolution/creationism stuff. I thought if students actually knew what was happening at the school, they wouldn't be duped into those kinds of things." He explains it in detail in his scholarship application essay:

I realized that one of the reasons teaching of illegal material had been allowed to go on for so long was because most people were unaware of the problem. The community works hard to maintain a perfect image, and control of information is key to their goal. This control extends to the high school where encouraging student journalism is not a priority; this led to the death of the student newspaper. Despite multiple attempts by students to revive the official newspaper, the school administration continued to drag its heels.

Emboldened by my previous dealings with the district, I decided to circumvent the school and take this matter into my own hands. I recruited a small staff of dedicated students who worked over the summer to produce an underground newspaper. None of us had any journalism experience, but we shared a passion for the truth and a belief that the student voice has a right to be heard in the community. Our mission is to serve as an open forum for student expression and to inform and entertain the students while remaining accurate and professional. Because we are not affiliated with the school, we do not publish under the veil of school policies or censorship; this also means we do not receive school funding. I have personally financed the majority of publication costs out of my own savings from my summer job and by selling my letterman's jacket. It is a fair price to pay to ensure that students have a voice to report on the news, including investigative reporting as necessary.

Moyer says he'll be off to college next year (with $12,500 of tuition covered by the ACLU), though he doesn't know yet where. He plans to major in something that is itself struggling with natural selection: journalism.

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