Like much of the United States, Dover, Pennsylvania has become a town divided, split between those who accept Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and those who reject it. This rift between science and scripture nearly destroyed the community after a Dover high school student painted a mural showing the evolution of humans from ape-like ancestors. This idea that humans were descendants of primates managed to offend some of Dover’s township resulting in the mural being removed from the classroom.
Angry that only Darwin’s theory of evolution was being taught in the school, the local school board required that students hear about a controversial idea which was at odds with Darwin, called intelligent design.
This award winning NOVA special focuses on this particular case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, which debates whether or not the idea of intelligent design could be viewed as science and taught to the students of this school in science class. The film features many interviews with the judge in the case, witnesses, and lawyers giving us a concise understating of exactly how deep this issue ran amongst the community.