Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos says Michigan's science curriculum should include a discussion about Intelligent Design.
He says including Intelligent Design along with evolution would help students discern the facts among different theories.
"I would like to see the ideas of Intelligent Design, that many scientists are now suggesting is a very viable alternative theory, that that theory and others that would be considered credible would expose our students to more ideas, not less," DeVos told The Associated Press this week during an interview on education.
Intelligent Design's proponents hold that living organisms are so complex they must have been created by a higher force rather than evolving from more primitive forms. Some want science teachers to teach that Darwin's theory of evolution is not a fact and has gaps.
However, a federal judge in December barred the school system in Dover, Pa., from teaching Intelligent Design alongside evolution in high school biology classes. The judge said that Intelligent Design is religion masquerading as science, and that teaching it alongside evolution violates the separation of church and state.
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said that Michigan schools need to teach the established theory of evolution in science classes and not include Intelligent Design, but can explore Intelligent Design in a current events or a comparative religions class.
The State Board of Education last week postponed adopting new science curriculum guidelines until state lawmakers get more time to weigh in on what the state's public schools science curriculum should be and how it should approach the teaching of evolution.