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The US state of Kansas has approved science standards for public schools that cast doubt on evolution.

The Board of Education’s vote, expected for months, approved the new language criticising evolution by 6-4.

Proponents of the change argue they are trying to expose students to legitimate scientific questions about evolution.

Critics say it is an attempt to inject creationism into schools, in violation of the constitutional separation between church and state.

The decision is part of an ongoing national debate over the teaching of evolution and intelligent design.

The theory of intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.

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Tuesday’s vote was the third time in six years that the Kansas board has rewritten standards with evolution as the central issue.

Current state standards treat evolution as well-established, a view held by national science groups.


This is a great day for education

Steve Abrams
Chairman, Kansas Board of Education

The new standards include several specific challenges, including statements that there is a lack of evidence or natural explanation for the genetic code, and charges that fossil records are inconsistent with evolutionary theory.

It also states that says certain evolutionary explanations “are not based on direct observations… and often reflect… inferences from indirect or circumstantial evidence”.

“This is a great day for education,” board chairman Steve Abrams told the Reuters news agency.

Decisions about what is taught in Kansas classrooms will remain with 300 local school boards, but the new standards will be used to develop student tests measuring how well schools teach science.

Educators fear pressure will increase in some communities to teach less about evolution or more about creationism or intelligent design.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania is expected to rule soon in a lawsuit against a school district policy that requires science teachers to say that evolution is unproven.

I am truly scared for the future that my son/grandchildren will live in.

*making a growing list of States NOT to move to*

7 Comments on And the moon is made of cheese!? WTF?

  1. arian_diana says:

    A federal judge in Pennsylvania is expected to rule soon in a lawsuit against a school district policy that requires science teachers to say that evolution is unproven.

    Unproven? Are they frickin’ kidding me? Oh for pity’s sake.
    And then this:
    It also states that says certain evolutionary explanations “are not based on direct observations… and often reflect… inferences from indirect or circumstantial evidence”.
    Direct observations? Oh, is that all they need? Well why didn’t they just say so! “Excuse me, will all of you who were alive when Tyrannsaurus Rex was roaming around please step to the front of the line? We need your eyewitness account of evolution so that we can correctly educate our children. Thank you.”

    • B.E.M. says:

      *lmao*

      *sigh*

    • neat_rox says:

      I just heard that the Pennsylvania ruling was for the teachers. So Yippee! As a former science teacher, I applaud the decision. I do know that the subject of God comes up in discussions of every aspect of science (astronomy, biology, geology, etc) and it is very hard for a teacher to keep a neutral stance. I’m sure that many of my former students went home and told them what I had to say about “Genesis” versus scientific practice.

      • arian_diana says:

        I just got a teacher in trouble twice for doing this. It’s against the law in Indiana and I hope it stays that way. Not everyone is Christian and it would be nice if people realized that. When it comes to my kids’ education, I’d much rather stick with the facts and not a bunch of half-baked notions about what has and hasn’t happened and who or who didn’t do it.
        But that’s just my opinion as a mom and a former Christian. To some that doesn’t matter.

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m a former Christian as well so do know the standpoint of those parents and board members. But as a scientist, it is just ridiculous to hear the opinions of our lawmakers. Of course, I’m a liberal democrat as well. Can’t you tell?

          Anyway, I only know California teaching laws since that is where I taught. I know that here in New Mexico, a school district just debated “intelligent design” for the classrooms and I hope it doesn’t go through. Luckily, that school district is in the southern half of the state and I’m in the northern half. Plus, my town has a lot of scientists working here at a lab. But then we have a lot of conservatives as well. I don’t know! I’ll just keep my fingers crossed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We lost this battle a decade ago…

    …this is just galvanic response in the corpse.

    — Neal

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