We have great news for the schools in Louisiana, which are already primed to allow “supplementary materials” in science class, thanks to the Louisiana Science Education Act, and — if Another Weird Creationism Bill passes — will be able to select science texts at the local school board level.
The news is posted at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. The Discoveroids’ headline is Introducing a New Intelligent Design Curriculum: Discovering Intelligent Design. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and their links omitted:
It’s brand new and launching today! Discovering Intelligent Design (DID) is the first full curriculum to present the scientific evidence for intelligent design in both cosmology and biology in an easy-to-understand format. The curriculum includes a textbook, a workbook, and a DVD with multimedia video clips that are integrated into the readings. Developed by home school educators Gary and Hallie Kemper, and Discovery Institute research coordinator Casey Luskin, DID uniquely fills a specific niche in the intelligent design literature.
Now they’re calling Casey a “research coordinator”? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But who are Gary and Hallie Kemper? We can’t find much about them, except that the Discoveroids seem to like their work, and that tells us all we need to know. The Discoveroid article continues:
While best classified as a textbook, DID reads like a book and is intended for a wide range of ages — from middle-schoolers to adult — in settings such as private schools, a general family and home setting, homeschool, church environments, small discussion groups, extracurricular school organizations (such as IDEA Clubs), or personal use.
Yes, “church environments” are definitely the appropriate market. As for IDEA Clubs — are there any of those still around? There may be — Wikipedia has an article about them: Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center. Let’s read on:
When used as a textbook, DID is not intended to replace standard subject science texts, but instead can supplement them by presenting information not available in many standard textbooks. While DID is strictly scientific in its content, it is not recommended for use in public schools.
They claim it’s “strictly scientific,” yet it’s not recommended for public schools. Why is that? Perhaps the Discoveroids learned a lesson from their humiliation regarding Of Pandas and People, all promotion of which is now scrubbed from their website. We continue:
DID stands out as the only strictly scientific textbook that comprehensively introduces both the cosmological and biological evidence for intelligent design at a layperson’s level.
That’s amazing. Why doesn’t any other “strictly scientific textbook” do that? It must be a conspiracy! We’ll skip a few paragraphs of breathless puffery, but their last sentence is interesting:
DID is published by Discovery Institute Press.
Ah yes — the Discovery Institute Press. Among their stable of highly respected authors are David Berlinski, David Klinghoffer, Casey Luskin, and John West. Any school would be proud to adopt a text from such a fine publisher.
It boggles the mind to think of the wonders humanity will achieve when we have a generation raised on science texts such as this one. Okay, Louisiana — what are you waiting for?
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