Thursday, August 03, 2006

Kansans flip-flop on teaching evolution

Less than a year after the Kansas Board of Education adopted science standards that were the most wide-reaching in the nation in challenging Darwin’s theory of evolution, voters on Tuesday ousted the conservative majority on the board that favored those guidelines.

Several of the winners in the primary election, whose victories are virtually certain to shift the board to at least a 6-to-4 moderate majority in November, promised Wednesday to work swiftly to restore a science curriculum that does not subject evolution to critical attack.

So they've reversed the trend again. I guess even in a red-state like that you can't convince a solid majority of people that creationism or Intelligent Design has a place in the classroom.

I don't have much in the way of analysis to offer, but I think this is a good quote and we would all to better to aspire to this goal:

"We need to teach good science and bring the discussion back to educational issues, and not continue focusing on hot-button issues," said Jana Shaver, a teacher and college trustee from Independence.

1 comment:

Xanthippas said...

I just don't understand why some of these people aren't content to let evolution be taught in school, and creationism or ID or whatever in church. I can never understand why they think it's "oppression" of Christianity to stop them from requiring others to be taught what they believe.