October 27, 2005
Not in Kansas anymore
The religious right—destroying America’s school system, one state at a time:
TOPEKA, Kan. - Two national groups say Kansas can’t use their copyright material in proposed science standards that critics contend promote creationism.
The National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association notified the Department of Education in writing.
… The State Board of Education expects to vote next month on the proposed standards, which incorporate language sought by intelligent-design advocates expressing skepticism about evolution. The board’s conservative majority contends it wants only to give students a balanced view of evolution, but critics say they’re promoting intelligent design, which detractors describe as a repackaged form of creationism.
“Evolution is singled out as an area of science where there is major scientific controversy because of alleged weakness in the theory,” academy President Ralph Cicerone wrote. “In fact, the vast majority of scientists accept evolution as the most compelling explanation for how the diversity of life arose on this planet.”
The position the two groups have taken means that Kansas Department of Education attorneys will have to scrutinize any standards the board approves to ensure they don’t use language from the groups’ material—an experience that should be familiar, given that the groups withheld their permission back in 1999 for exactly the same reason. Two years later, elections changed the makeup of the board, and Kansas rejoined the real world. That seems less likely to happen this time around.
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