Back to the 80s

Today is the 28th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Edwards v. Aguillard in which Louisiana’s law requiring equal treatment for evolution and scientific creationism in science classrooms was struck down.

Old advertisementIn the early 1980s Florida’s own Hillsborough County School Board had voted to mandate the balancing of evolution with scientific creationism. The curriculum was written, approved and ready to go for classroom use when, just a few weeks before implementation, two court cases brought everything to a screeching halt (see pages 66-67 of Going Ape). One was Edwards v. Aguillard, which at the time was still at the state level and hadn’t made its way to the Supreme Court yet. The other was McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education. The Arkansas statute requiring public schools to give balanced treatment to “creation-science” and “evolution-science” was ruled unconstitutional by a United States federal court. That ruling was not appealed.

The anniversary of Edwards v. Aguillard reminded me that I had promised on my Book:Going Ape web page (which has a full event timeline and links to reference material) that I would regularly upload to the site documents from my research. I hadn’t done that in quite a while. So, today I dumped about 15 files onto the page for your viewing pleasure. I’ve also copied the links below for your convenience. I have tons more material but I thought this would be a good start. It includes some of the most interesting materials, including the actual curriculum that would have been presented to Hillsborough County students. Enjoy!