Classroom challenge : debating Darwin in the 21st century

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  • As the controversy over intelligent design and science education heats up, open-minded discussion about the issue can be in short supply. This ABC News program sorts through arguments on both sides, examines the debate in the context of America's larger political climate, and explores its fundamental questions: Are evolution and I.D. incompatible? Is exposure to both ideas harmful or beneficial to schoolchildren? Does fossil evidence make evolution immune to challenge? Astute commentary from ABC News' George Stephanopoulos sums up I.D.'s implications for students, teachers, and parents.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 07, 2006.
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  • Science vs. Religion: Taking on the Textbooks (2:28) -- Intelligent Design: Religious, Atheistic, or Scientific? (2:57) -- Critics and Advocates Speak Out on Intelligent Design (4:04) -- Intelligent Design: Religion or Science? (3:10) -- Evolution vs. Intelligent Design: Debate Over Language (2:49) -- Intelligent Design vs. Creationism (4:00) -- Future of Intelligent Design (1:10)
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