ERIC Number: ED300896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
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Creationism/Evolution in the Public School: National Policy as Shaped through Selected Legal Decisions.
Daugherty, Richard F.
This review of selected creationism/evolution cases illustrates that neutrality toward religion has not been achieved by the current understanding and application of the First Amendment. Nine cases are cited and discussed: (1) "Wright v. Houston Independent School District" (1970); (2) "Williams v. Board of Education of the County of Kanawha" (1975); (4) "Daniel v. Waters" (1975); (5) "Crowley v. Smithsonian Institution" (1978); (6)"Segraves v. State" (1981); (7) "Dale v. Board of Education" (1982); (8) "McLean v. Arkansas" (1982); and (9) "Edwards v. Aguillard." The courts have accepted claims that only evolution has a scientific basis, and therefore other theories of creation cannot be scientific. Recent case law consistently reflects this bias. Appended are 16 references. (SI)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education (34th, Washington, DC, November 17-19, 1988).