Florida and the E-Word

Jan 11, 2008 4:56pm

The Florida Department of Education included the word "evolution" in its proposed new standards for science education, and started brushfires around the state.  The school board of Taylor County, for example, on the Gulf Coast, replied with this resolution: (The full minutes are HERE; see p. 7) "Whereas, the Florida Department of Education has drafted and is now proposing new Sunshine State Standards for Science, the Taylor County School Board opposes the implementation of the new standards as currently presented. "Whereas, the new Sunshine State Standards for Science no longer present evolution as theory but as “the fundamental concept underlying all of biology and is supported in multiple forms of scientific evidence,” we are requesting that the State Board of Education direct the Florida Department of Education to revise/edit the new Sunshine State Standards for Science so that evolution is presented as one of several theories as to how the universe was formed." "’One of several theories as to how the universe was formed?’" asks Daily Kos today. "Good grief, could they be any more blatant in their scientific ignorance? Evolutionary biology examines how living things change over time, regardless of how the universe (Or the earth) ‘formed.’ Evo is about as relevant to the origin of the universe as geology." Florida Citizens for Science lists about a dozen counties that have objected in one way or another to the teaching of evolution without the teaching of competing ideas. The arguments have been plenty.  The Florida School Board votes on the issue Feb. 19. 

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