The timing may be coincidental, but it just so happens that the next Kansas (USA) state board of education meetings-during which newly drafted science standards containing many additional references to evolution will be discussed (and probably approved)-will begin on “Darwin Day,” February 12!
AiG has obtained a draft of the new “Science Education Standards” as composed by a state writing committee. The group has worked since the fall in an effort to insert more evolutionary teaching into the science classes of the public schools in Kansas.
This was in (over)reaction to a mild de-emphasis of evolution in the standards approved by the former board of education on August 1999. As we have reported on this Web site (see list of articles below), it was mistakenly thought by many Kansans (through a clever disinformation campaign by some evolutionists) that evolution had been omitted entirely from the science curriculum-which never happened. As a part of this overreaction, Kansans voted in new school board members who vowed to bring more evolutionary content to the state standards.
In the draft of the new standards that AiG has reviewed, the proposed changes are substantial and very pro-evolution:
The new board members sworn in last month are immediately following up their promise to make the bankrupt evolutionary worldview even more prominent in Kansas’s public school classes. We trust, however, that educators in Kansas who oppose such an attempted indoctrination will realize that the new standards now under review are merely suggestions or guidelines for teachers to follow. In addition, teachers should possess enough academic freedom to teach the controversial topic of origins science as they see fit and, at the least, expose young people to the serious flaws in molecules-to-man evolution.
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