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Update: We spoke with Moyer here .

Our area is embarrassingly known as home of the Discovery Institute, the think tank responsible for pushing the

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Too Intelligent for Intelligent Design

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Update: We spoke with Moyer here.

Our area is embarrassingly known as home of the Discovery Institute, the think tank responsible for pushing the theory of intelligent design all over the country. But at least a University Place high school student is helping us save face by being on the right side of the modern Scopes Monkey Trials. (Or maybe he makes us look worse, because he points out that our schools are teaching creationism?)

Colin Moyer is a senior at Curtis High School (which also gave us the estimable Isaiah Thomas). He was just awarded a 2009 ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship--one of only 16 nationwide--for successfully fighting the teaching of creationism in his high school biology class. Says the press release:

Moyer was shocked when his popular tenth-grade biology teacher began teaching a view of evolution that focused more on religious views than on scientific facts and didn't tolerate criticism. "A class that was usually interactive was suddenly single-sided," said Moyer. "Students were not allowed to ask questions, and there were no textbooks or tests."

Moyer began to read books and articles on evolution. He soon realized that his teacher was promoting creationism in the guise of "intelligent design," the same approach that was ruled unconstitutional in a 2005 case in Dover, Pennsylvania (Kitzmiller v. Dover).

Moyer contacted the ACLU and then the National Center for Science Education for advice. With their support, he worked out an agreement with the school administration. The issue was quickly resolved, and the teacher was forced to stop teaching intelligent design.

 
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