Week 5: Wrapping up Religion in Public Life


1. Hold discussion/moot court on the Van Orden v. Perry case

2. Distribute exam questions.


Dover Area High School Photo1. Watch Intelligent Design on Trial.

2. Consider the statement the Dover School Board required teachers to read:

On November 19, 2004, the Dover Area School District issued a press release stating that, commencing in January 2005, teachers would be required to read the following statement to students in the ninth-grade biology class at Dover High School:

“The Pennsylvania Academic Standards require students to learn about Darwin‘s theory of evolution and eventually to take a standardized test of which evolution is a part.Because Darwin’s Theory is a theory, it is still being tested as new evidence is discovered. The Theory is not a fact. Gaps in the Theory exist for which there is no evidence. A theory is defined as a well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations.Intelligent design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin’s view. The reference book, Of Pandas and People, is available for students to see if they would like to explore this view in an effort to gain an understanding of what intelligent design actually involves.As is true with any theory, students are encouraged to keep an open mind. The school leaves the discussion of the origins of life to individual students and their families. As a standards-driven district, class instruction focuses upon preparing students to achieve proficiency on standards-based assessments.”
Unit One assessment. You may bring one, one-sided 3 x 5 card with you to class.
Thursday & Friday
We will be in the LMC finalizing our possible topics for the semester. You’ll be working on this ballot. today and tomorrow. You may also consider reviewing the list we looked at a couple weeks ago. Be sure to look through these sites…they are replete with possibilities!

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