Can Evolution Be Taught in Kansas?
This article disturbs me because it's starting to make me think that no matter how dedicated a science teacher might be in Kansas, it would be impossible for him or her to teach evolution effectively. So many parents have convinced their children not to let teachers teach them that man descended from monkeys that nothing a good teacher can say will get through.
But James Calvert, of Lake Quivira, a national proponent of intelligent design, says it is the pro-evolution forces that are intolerant.
He said students sometimes were made to feel uncomfortable or ignorant if they challenged their teachers on evolution. And, he said, teachers who challenge evolution are ostracized by their peers and sometimes punished professionally.
"Teachers are caught between a rock and a hard place," Calvert said. "A teacher who believes thoroughly in evolution, they're teaching kids with access to the Internet and who are going to churches where they are being given a different view."