Sheri Few, one of the many Republicans running to be the next superintendent of education in the state of South Carolina, thinks that schools should teach the “scientific theory of intelligent design” as an alternative to evolution. And she seems to have no idea what the word “objective” means.
“In regard to the evolution issue, I have to say that that is one of the problems with our education system today, and it is one of the problems that has been brought to light through the problems with the Common Core standards,” she remarked. “Children are not receiving an objective education.”
“There is plenty of science and research behind the theory of intelligent design, and yet it is not allowed in the classroom,” Few added. “There is no reason why the scientific theory of intelligent design should not be taught in the classroom alongside the theory of evolution, and that way children would receive an objective education and they could also — for Christian children — could point to their God though the theory of intelligent design. Children need to have an objective education.”
Problem: There is no “scientific theory of intelligent design.” There are a bunch of bad arguments against evolution and a big ol’ god of the gaps conclusion that if evolution can’t explain given feature X (yet), God is the only explanation. To teach that in a public school science classroom would be educational malpractice and a violation of the Establishment Clause.