School Board candidates consider intelligent design

October 19, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Jan Kochansky of Keedysville and his wife both are scientists and believe schools should not integrate creationism or intelligent design concepts into science education in Washington County Public Schools.

With grandchildren attending local schools, Kochansky said the couple has a personal interest in science curriculum.

"Evolution should be taught," he said. "It's the basic unifying framework for all of biology."

Kochansky responded to a request by The Herald-Mail to pose a question to the eight candidates running for four open seats on the seven-member Washington County Board of Education. Candidates discuss their thoughts on whether intelligent design has a place in the classroom on page A3 of today's Herald-Mail. They also respond to another question from a reader about whether they support school uniforms for students.

Candidates were asked to respond to the questions in writing using 100 words or fewer.

Intelligent design suggests that creation of the universe and of living things was guided by an intelligent cause, and creationism is the religious belief that a deity is responsible for the creation of the universe, life on Earth and humanity. However, evolution points to a scientific explanation for those things.


Intelligent design has been absent from science lessons after a U.S. District Court ruling in 2005 found that intelligent design is not a science and its teaching in public school classes would be a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Today is the third of four consecutive Sundays before the Nov. 4 general election that the candidates will be asked to respond to questions.


Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 4

Candidates forum

The Washington County Candidates Forum will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College.

Voters are invited to question the candidates for the Washington County Board of Education and the 6th Congressional District.

The Herald-Mail Co., Antietam Cable Television and Hagerstown Community College will present the forum.

The forum will be taped to air on Antietam Cable channel 19 on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m.

The forum also will be available to view on Antietam Cable's video-on-demand starting Monday, Oct. 27, and on later that week.

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