Hurst v. Newman Is Over
This just in:
Frazier Mountain High School will stop teaching a philosophy class discussing the theory of "intelligent design" this week and won't teach it in the future, said Ayesha N. Khan, legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
My earlier posts on this case can be found here and here. The settlement states:
No school over which the School District has authority, including the High School, shall offer, presently or in the future, the course entitled ‘Philosophy of Design’ or ‘Philosophy of Intelligent Design’ or any other course that promotes or endorses creationism, creation science, or intelligent design.
As far as I can tell, no other ideas in the intellectual history of the world were permanently banned. I wonder if any pages from the school's history books (e.g. discussing Greek philosophers) will need to be removed and destroyed. Warnings should now go to history teachers at the school not to assign the original writings of certain historians and philosophers without prior censorship or legal clearance. Teachers will now need to be very careful in discussing current events and answering students' questions.