During the board’s meeting Thursday, several board members expressed an interest in the teaching of creationism, an alternative to the study of the theory of evolution, in Livingston Parish public school classrooms.There is no "alternative" to the theory of evolution. No critic of the model has ever presented a viable, testable alternative. Evolution by natural selection is the only theory that fits all of the observed facts.
If there's an alternative, I'd sure like to see it.
This all stems, in part, from the general public's misunderstanding of the meaning of the word "theory." Most people confuse the colloquial definition -- meaning something akin to "speculation" or "unproven idea" -- with the scientific one -- meaning "a model with such a highly likelihood of being true that questioning it is simply foolish, absent overwhelming contrary evidence."
It will be interesting, however, to see the Livingston School Board try to get around the Supreme Court and lower court decisions banning the teaching of intelligent design.