In 2002, a school system in suburban Cobb County placed stickers in biology textbooks to advise students that evolution is a theory.
The sticker, in its entirety, says: "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."
Nothing is mentioned about a religious viewpoint or the biblical account of creation. To do so would violate a 1987 Supreme Court ruling that forbids teaching creationism, a religious belief, in public schools alongside evolution.
A group of parents represented by the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit to remove the sticker. At issue is what the group says is a government endorsement of religion.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Evolution should be taught in science classes. Honesty and accuracy on the subject are just as necessary. There may come a time when another scientific explanation for the creation of the universe trumps evolutionary theory with indisputable evidence.
Until then, it's certainly reasonable to ask students to do what the sticker advises: Be open-minded, study carefully and critically consider all information available.
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