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Creation Science Lawsuits (1982)

Education Update



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-03-02

Duration: 00:27:30

Subjects: Education | TEACHERS | Home schooling | Science | CREATIONISM


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Geltner, Naomi Producer
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • Edwards, Kathy Interviewee
  • Hamilton, David Interviewee
  • Kegel, Martha Interviewee
  • Keith, Bill Interviewee
  • Daggett, Devan Interviewee
  • Baier, Paul Interviewee


This episode of the series “Education Update” from March 2, 1982, features the latest education news in Louisiana. Robert Collins first reports on the week’s education headlines. He then interviews Kathy Edwards, the statewide chairwoman of Citizens for Home Education, who discusses the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s changes to the Louisiana Home Study Program. Next, Naomi Geltner and Rick Smith report on the two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Louisiana’s creation science law, which requires public schools to teach creationism in equal time with the theory of evolution. They interview: David Hamilton, an attorney with the Louisiana Department of Education; Martha Kegel of the ACLU; and State Senator Bill Keith. Lastly, Smith conducts an in-studio interview with Devan Daggett, counsel for the Louisiana State Senate, and Paul Baier, a constitutional law professor at the LSU Law Center. They discuss the creation science lawsuits.