Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial, the latest legal chapter in the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools opened in a federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., yesterday in a case that could decide if schools should be allowed to introduce 'intelligent design' (ID) as an alternative theory to evolution.

The case comes as the nation's high-tech sector is urging U.S. schools to improve science education or risk forfeiting America's position as a global leader in science and technology. Critics of ID--including Eric Rothschild, the attorney representing eight families who are challenging...

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