What is significant about the 2005 Kansas Board of Education hearings regarding evolution and Intelligent Design?

By, Afua Osei-Bonsu

Question 1)

Why is Intelligent Design (ID) untestable?  ID has to do with how do new things originate?  According to the “Nature of Science,” By Christine V. McClelland,[1]“Creationism, Creation Science and Intelligent Design (ID) are spiritual concepts” that involve events of phenomena.” Science has long had conflict with spiritual concepts that are not necessarily grounded in the scientific method, are not testable and are based on the belief in supernatural events.[2]

 Question 2)

“What was the big deal about the 2005 Kansas State Board of Education rewording of science?”

The Kansas State Board of Education held hearings about how to define science and how to teach science with conflicting evidence including that of evolution, Darwinism and Intelligent Design. [3]

Teachers were in turmoil while religious and political groups promoted ideas about Creationism and Intelligent Design that aligned with their group’s ideas including those supporting supernatural events within their framing of origin that competed with popular biological and scientific ideas based on fact and perhaps things such as DNA Helix.[4]  What was to be taught in high schools and posted on websites like the popular website detailing “what is science?” to children:  (http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch)

The 2005 Kansas State Board of Education could actually unveil a long term “shroud of ignorance” that published and promoted to students mythical and supernatural ideas that misinformed and mislead students to base their education on something that was not testable or rooted in facts.

The Board of Education settled on teaching a “controversy method,” and “critical analysis of evolution.”  One goal of the outcome was to help students make “informed decisions.”[5]

Perhaps the case presented a juncture in which students may begin to question deeply existentialism, dogma and life origins.  It is unclear if schools will ever present real, tangible, evidence and fact based education.

[1] McClelland, Christine V, The Nature of Science and the Scientific Method

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_evolution_hearings


[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_evolution_hearings­­­