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For the Rock RecordGeologists on Intelligent Design$
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Jill Schneiderman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257580

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257580.001.0001

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Pangloss, Paley, and the Privileged Planet

Pangloss, Paley, and the Privileged Planet

Parrying the Wedge Strategy in Earth Science Education

(p.76) (p.77) Five Pangloss, Paley, and the Privileged Planet
For the Rock Record

Mark Terry

University of California Press

Much has already been written about how intelligent design (ID) is antithetical to good science education. The boundless energy of the ID campaign inspires awe. Money has flowed to it steadily since the mid-1990s, and the very fundraising document that stimulated this can help us understand why. The Discovery Institute's Wedge Document is a carefully crafted case statement designed to rally big donors around a well-focused cause. The document calls for challenging public school teaching of evolution and instead infusing the curriculum with ID as a means to a larger end: opening statewide curricular definitions of science to include the supernatural. Feeling the public relations force of this attack, public school science teachers, administrators, and school board members are surrounded by a confusion of ill-defined terms and by accusations that they are just too ignorant to understand the new cutting edge of ID in biology, Earth science, and indeed all of the natural sciences.

Keywords:   Discovery Institute, Wedge Document, intelligent design, evolution, science education, public relations, Earth science, biology, natural sciences, curriculum

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