Bachmann: Schools should teach intelligent design
June 17th, 2011
06:52 PM ET
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Bachmann: Schools should teach intelligent design

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann explained her skepticism of evolution on Friday and said students should be taught the theory of intelligent design.

Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, also proposed a major overhaul of the nation’s education system and said state administrators should be able to decide how they spend money allocated to them by the federal government.

"I support intelligent design," Bachmann told reporters in New Orleans following her speech to the Republican Leadership Conference. "What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide. I don't think it's a good idea for government to come down on one side of scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides."

Intelligent design suggests that the complexity of the universe cannot be explained by evolution alone, and must also be attributed to a creator or supernatural being.

"I would prefer that students have the ability to learn all aspects of an issue," Bachmann said. "And that's why I believe the federal government should not be involved in local education to the most minimal possible process."

Bachmann said educators should be granted the flexibility - and the money - to make curriculum decisions at the local level.

The federal government, she said, should "block grant all money currently that goes to the states back to the states, so that Louisiana can decide how they want to spend the money, which may in fact be different on how Minnesota spends its money."

She said her proposal would cut out "billions in dollars of bureaucracy" from the federal government.

soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Furthermore, there are no facts or science supporting I'd, so it is a fallacy to suggest I'd and evolution are even remotely close to each other in terms of factual support.

    June 17, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Mark in Omaha

    Here's a thought...if you need Religion in schools, go to a private school. As an educator, I'm not about to preach from the blackboard. Why do Social Conservatives have to be so polarizing?

    June 17, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I think they should also bring students up to date on research about trying to find the Philosopher's Stone, so that we can change lead into gold. And let's teach the geocentric universe ideas too. I suppose medical schools should be extolling the virtues of bloodletting to remove the humours that cause colds...

    June 17, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. carly

    Just another nail in her presidential aspiration coffin.

    June 17, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. James Britt

    I'm all in favor of putting the science on the table. For example, the conjecture that there is an invisible being who can hear everyone's thoughts everywhere all the time, and can intervene in the physical world in response to prayer. Let's show the science for this. Gather up all the results of reproducible experiments and scientific proof, and let students decide if it makes sense. A key problem with ID is that it replaces one unknown with a more complex unknown that ultimately explains nothing because it's all hand-waving.

    June 17, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Billy Graham (Yes, my real name)

    Great. Show some serious science that supports the Bible's assertion that the earth is only 12,000 years old and I'm all ears. This is obvious pandering to the base – the reason why she is (blessedly) un-electable.

    June 17, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Aaron

    Where do these crackpots come from? All that will happen with putting intelligent design on the cirriculum are lawsuits to stop it, then the money spent for education will be wasted on lawyers, and the courts will prohibit intelligent design on the cirriculum based on the Constitutional separation of church and state. For a bunch that doesn't like taxes for the rich or large corporations, the Repubs don't mind wasting the taxes paid by the middle class.

    June 17, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. The Dude

    Intellectual design is not science, but based on opinion, thus should not be taught in science class

    June 17, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. thnkgn

    This comment goes right along this quote :
    "There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design." -Rep. Michele Bachmann, Oct. 2006
    813 individuals have received the Nobel prize since 1901, one hundred of them in the area of Physiology and Medicine (which would cover evolution). You do the math.

    June 17, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    ....which is just a euphemism for 'Judeo-Christian Creation Myth." Fine, they can teach it. In a theology or mythology class. It has no place in the science classroom. But then Bachmann couldn't grasp science if it bit her in the backside.

    June 17, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Marjee123

    Maybe someone should inform the republicans and tea bags that if we, the real Americans of this country wanted an extreme religious state like those in the Middle East we would have set it up. THE FOUNDING FATHERS who Bachmann and Palin don't know a darn thing about separated church and state. WHY, because they came to this country because they saw how that worked out for people in England and those countries. But since the republicans and tea bags don't want to admit that they can't force people to do what they want them to do, they lie and try to move the country into extremism.

    June 17, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. john in cal

    How do you know that there is any intelligence behind everything or for that matter wether there is any design. It all may have been a coincidence that started the whole thing. Where do we have any right to demand that our interpretation is the only one or even the right one. There are so many unanswered questions to be looked into, and so many things we think and say are one way only to have them disproved some where down the line that maybe the best thing to do is to just be quiet and be grateful we are even here. To push or try to make everyone else live by our own beliefs is the height of stupidity.

    June 17, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Eddy

    I'm willing to think Bachmann knows what intelligent design is. Guess what, I'm willing to bet Sarah Palin doesn't lol

    June 17, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. ColonelKlunk

    Dear God...as the rest of the world gets more progressive, better educated, and more competitive, these knuckledraggers want to take us back to the dark-ages. She obviously does not understand the basics of the scientific methods. Let's just do away with experimentation, validation, repeatability, and just call everything "science." Sheesh...we are all doomed.

    June 17, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. A Guy on a Blog

    This nation owes Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin a debt of gratitude. Too many times have politicians been elected, only for us to find out later that they're completely nuts. With Michele denying evolution and suggesting school is the place to teach kids about Intel. Design, and Sarah thinking Paul Revere, cavemen and dinosaurs probably all lived together at the same time, they have taken out the guesswork regarding their common sense levels. Bravo, ladies...and thank you.

    June 17, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Bill in Florida

    The title says it all. That's why this woman must never allowed anywhere near the White House.

    June 17, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Michele's IQ and logic is definitive proof against the theory of evolution. But then again, there's nothing "intelligent" about whoever "designed" her....there must be a third theory out there for this to make sense...

    June 17, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. ldpresso

    The existence of Michelle Bachmann is enough to cast doubt on the validity of intelligent design. (OK, I give her points on design.)

    June 17, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Pete

    Uh, oh. Here it comes. Republican science.

    June 17, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. lynn

    Bachmann is sucking up to the far right religious fanatics who have not a clue on the universe and it's structure. If they look to the heavens with hands out-stretched, salvation is handed to them. Promise them anything and they will vote.

    June 17, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. ThirteenOfTwo

    Intelligent design is not science. It's creationism by any other name.

    If this woman is elected President of the United States, it will be a nightmare for the entire education community.

    June 17, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Dave

    What sides of the issue? There is no debate in the scientific community about evolution. Its just a way to put their religion in schools and that's why it has been rejected by the courts over and over again. If you wanna believe in god, that's fine, but without any evidence (and their isn't any) you cannot say something consciously created life. Science is based on facts, what can be proven, and what is the most probable answer. This is like asking having a brain surgeon being told how to do his job by a hot dog vendor. Bachmann and her friends aren't educated enough to talk about evolution, biologists, astronomers, geologist, palentologists, astrophysicists, etc. are the experts, they understand evolution and then can teach us. Plus they can back it up with proof. God needs to stay out of public schools, stop trying to force your religion down everyone's throats

    June 17, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. skarphace

    Weird how TPers are so adamantly pro-constitution except when it doesn't fit their agendas. No, wait, weird is not the word I was looking for. Oh, yeah. Hypocritical. That was it.

    June 17, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. True Beliver (not)

    And the earth is flat.... and the center of the universe.... men and dinosaurs shared snacks... come on, when will the insanity stop? "Reasonable doubt on both sides"???? There is scientific scrutiny on one side, and brain dead behavior on the other. The only thing reasonable about this is that Bachmann is full of, er I mean, her head is empty.

    June 17, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. thomas

    Students should be taught the theory of intelligent design.
    Condition students for the new social and economic order: "German youth must no longer... be confronted ..... must be as swift as a greyhound, as tough as leather.

    June 17, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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