The state Board of Education last night heard arguments for and against requiring schools to teach intelligent design -- the theory that an "intelligent designer" created life -- alongside Darwin's theory of natural selection. Intelligent design advocates say students must learn alternative theories to evolution to promote intellectual fairness, adding that natural selection isn't a proven theory. Opponents say the intelligent design camp is trying to insert a religious element into the state's curriculum. The school board is to vote on a new curriculum this year.
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