A Federal judge decided that "intelligent design" (ID) cannot be taught in Dover public school science classes. This is a big win for science education, for the inclusion of a 'theory' whose premise rests with an unidentified intelligent designer, aka supernatural creator, would diminish the integrity of science itself.
Eight of the nine school Board members who voted for the addition of ID to the science curriculum were voted out of their positions back in November, before this decision was reached, and replaced by new members who are against the teaching of ID in science classes. Said Judge John E. Jones, "It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy." Such attempts to include a modified form of creationism in public school science curricula was clearly identified by the public and led to the removal of the Board members who promoted the policy. This was absolutely the correct decision, and a new precedent has been set for other cases that are sure to arise in other areas around the country that are centered on ID being taught in science classes.