The debate about intelligent design continues |

The debate about intelligent design continues

Dale Thompson Of the Record staff

Is it intelligent to teach intelligent design in schools?

Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, is hoping to push a bill through at the upcoming legislative session that requires intelligent design to be taught alongside the theory of evolution in public schools.

Intelligent design teaches the belief that the universe is too complex to have been created without a maker.

Advocates of intelligent design feel that it provides an alternative explanation of how human beings came into existence.

Those opposed to teaching intelligent design in schools believe it is a thinly veiled attempt to bring Creationism into the classroom.

Rep. Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake believes this is not an issue for the State Legislature.

"I think these decisions are best left to school officials and the administrators," he said.

Romero added that intelligent design is an inappropriate topic for science classes.

The Park City School Board President, Dave Adamson, has strong feelings about the subject of bringing the subject of intelligent design.

"In my opinion from all I’ve learned, it’s mixing a religious concept in with the curriculum and I am adamantly opposed to it," he said.

Superintendent of the Park City School District, Dave Adamson, agrees with Romero that whether the topic is addressed in schools should not be in the hands of Legislators.

"I think the question is one that’s better left to the State Office of Education and the school districts rather than the Legislature," he said.

He added intelligent design is an inappropriate topic for science classes but wouldn’t mind seeing it brought up in social studies or debate.

Should Buttars’ bill succeed Adamson would fight it.

"I have an obligation to follow the laws of the state, so I would follow the laws of the state but I would work to change it," he said.

PCHS Principal, Hal Smith, echoes Adamson’s sentiments that the State Office of Education should be left in control of the curriculum.

"Teach evolution at school, and leave the other to the parents and their religious convictions," Smith said.

A biology teacher at PCHS, Edward Mulick, addresses intelligent design in his classes. He feels people need to recognize that the theory of evolution and beliefs about the origin of life are separate from one another.

Mulick notes a great deal of evidence supports the theory of evolution, while intelligent design remains a hypothesis. One of many that address the origin of life.

Mulick adds, "They can co-exist. You don’t have to have exclusion of one or the other."

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