Bush is confused about science.... again.
"I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought," Bush said. " You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes."
Strangely, I actually agree with him. This will probably be in contrast to other scientists, but let's look at the president's rather odd commentary. He said he thinks that students should be exposed to ID "so people can understand what the debate is about."
I concur. Students need to know exactly what ID is, and why it does not qualify as science. What a way to teach critical thinking skills, by showing them how to distinguish science from snake oil! Kudos to the president for actually getting it right!
He's actually being somewhat deceptive, however. The article states:
In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with a small group of reporters, Bush essentially endorsed efforts by Christian conservatives to give intelligent design equal standing with the theory of evolution in the nation's schools.
Bush declined to state his personal views on "intelligent design," the belief that life forms are so complex that their creation can't be explained by Darwinian evolutionary theory alone, but rather points to intentional creation, presumably divine.
So it looks like Georgie is actually trying to walk that fine line between appeasing the crazy subset of religious conservatives, and not pissing off the rational people. Again. The result: ambiguity. He apparently thinks he can be both pro-science and pro-superstition.
Someone needs to tell George that ID doesn't deserve equal time because there has never been an actual formal statement of the Theory of ID, and no experiments conducted to demonstrate that ID is correct (despite the multimillion dollar annual operating budget of the Discovery Institute for
George, stick to lying about global warming. Otherwise keep your mouth shut, because you probably don't even know what your own opinion is. This sort of disingenuous rhetoric does nothing but harm our students, by tricking them into thinking science is done by popular vote.