Some Parents Want "Intelligent Design" in Class

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Some parents and teachers at an Orlando school are asking officials to include the controversial concept of "intelligent design'' in the classroom.

Jones High School officials held a public meeting last night to discuss proposed revisions to state science standards. Several speakers called for including intelligent design, which explains the origins of life on earth as derived from an "intelligent cause'' rather than through natural selection and evolution.

Teacher and parent Veronica Bryant said a lack of fossil evidence
supports evolution, and the complexity of life defies it.

Parents and educators elsewhere in Florida have also contacted the state Board of Education about teaching intelligent design since the state made the proposed standards public last month.

Critics call intelligent design a thinly veiled religious theory.

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