of analysis of the public comments on the
proposed Ohio Science Standards as of 8/31/2002
Show strong public support to end censorship of
Scientific arguments/evidence against evolution
We received the following e-mail from the Ohio
Department of Education (ODOE) in response to our inquiry as to how many people had
contacted them with comments about the science standards. As of the end of August, 2002, they
have received 17,347 phone calls, letters and/or e-mails about
sets of the analysis of these results exist. One is accurate, one is skewed.
Depending upon which one you believe, either 74% or
96% want an end to the censorship of scientific evidence against
evolution in Ohio's schools. Either way, it's overwhelmingly in favor of
ending the censorship. So far, the ODOE has not released either set of results
to the public on their web site or to the media as far as we can tell.
We consider these results to be inaccurate as far as
the category of "Evolution only taught" is concerned. Dr.
Robert Lattimer, a member of the Science
Writing Team wrote this
why that particular count should not be trusted for the June, 2002 total.
The same concerns still apply with the August count.
From "Lehman, Shelly"
Thank you for your call. Please find below the information you requested. Please note that these numbers are tentative and are subject to change as they continue to be analyzed within our Office.
This information reflects what the Ohio Department of Education has received regarding comments on the new science academic content standards through August 2002.
Currently, there are a total of 17,347 comments on the science standards of which:
316 responses state that they either do no want evolution taught at all or want ID or creationism only taught;
12,373 responses indicate they would like both ID and evolution taught;
Editor's note: We sent a follow-up e-mail asking if the results from this pro-Intelligent Design web site were included in the above count: http://www.intelligentdesignnetwork.org/OhioPoll.htm. We'll let you know when we find out.
want Evolution only taught (note this
includes most of the electronic petitions)
212 are "other" (miscellaneous comments such as "you are doing a good job")
Editor's note: We excluded this group from our analysis.