well the judges didnt all agree....that speaks
Wonder if Freshwater is going to go to the U S Supreme Court now...
the dissenting votes, comments were interesting
Dissenting Justice Terrence O’Donnell said he found insufficient evidence for insubordination by Freshwater. O’Donnell said the case involves “a veteran science teacher singled out by the Mt. Vernon City School District Board of Education because of his willingness to challenge students in his science classes to think critically about evolutionary theory and to permit them to discuss intelligent design and to debate creationism in connection with the presentation of the prescribed curriculum on evolution.”
He said Freshwater should be reinstated with back pay.
Since evolution is a controversial topic, and the school district’s bylaws and policies allow teachers to address controversial issues that come up in class, Freshwater’s behavior “to challenge students to think critically about evolutionary theory” was proper, O’Donnell wrote.
“Freshwater permitted his students to raise these questions and also to debate among themselves evolution, intelligent design, and creationism, but he did not participate in those debates,” O’Donnell said. “Further, the evidence vindicates Freshwater’s teaching methods because it demonstrates that his students learned evolutionary theory as mandated by the official curriculum. …
- nly Freshwater exceeded the state goal of 75 percent of his students passing the science portion of the Ohio Achievement Test. Even more striking is the fact that 89 percent of his students passed the life science section, which assessed, among other topics, students’ knowledge of evolutionary theory.”