National Science Teachers Association Disappointed About Intelligent Design Comments Made by President Bush

Aug 03, 2005, 01:00 ET from National Science Teachers Association

    ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Science Teachers
 Association (NSTA), the world's largest organization of science educators, is
 stunned and disappointed that President Bush is endorsing the teaching of
 intelligent design -- effectively opening the door for non-scientific ideas to
 be taught in the nation's K-12 science classrooms.
     "We stand with the nation's leading scientific organizations and
 scientists, including Dr. John Marburger, the president's top science advisor,
 in stating that intelligent design is not science.  Intelligent design has no
 place in the science classroom," said Gerry Wheeler, NSTA Executive Director.
     Monday, Knight Ridder news service reported that the President favors the
 teaching of intelligent design "so people can understand what the debate is
     "It is simply not fair to present pseudoscience to students in the science
 classroom," said NSTA President Mike Padilla.  "Nonscientific viewpoints have
 little value in increasing students' knowledge of the natural world."
     NSTA strongly supports the premise that evolution is a major unifying
 concept in science and should be included in the K-12 education frameworks and
 curricula.  This position is consistent with that of the National Academies,
 the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many other
 scientific and educational organizations.
     The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the
 largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and
 innovation in science teaching and learning for all.  NSTA's current
 membership includes more than 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
 administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others
 involved in science education.

SOURCE National Science Teachers Association