Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Bad News in Kansas, Good News in Dover

In Kansas yesterday, the state board of elections voted 6-4 in favor of teaching their students that evolution is wrong and intelligent design is right. "This is a sad day. We're becoming a laughingstock of not only the nation, but of the world, and I hate that," said board member Janet Waugh, a Democrat, getting it just about right.

But all is not lost. The conservative Pennsylvania town of Dover went eight-for-eight in last night's school board elections, kicking out all eight Republicans, who changed the curriculum to favor teaching intelligent design, and electing eight Democrats who favor evolution. A judge will rule on a lawsuit in Dover in January, but this election makes the trial irrelevant to Dover (but still very relevant in the big picture).

Hat tip: The Washington Monthly. (And thanks to ejswanso for pointing it out.)


At 11:28 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

So in the span of six or seven years, Kansas has gone from supporting evolution, to not supporting it, back to supporting it, and finally, back to not supporting it. Kansas school disticts must have to order new science textbooks every other year. Perhaps the publishing industry is the real power behind the intelligent design movement.

At 5:41 AM, Anonymous Rashid Muhammad said...

Never fear my friends:


"Criticizing Evolution for fun and pissing off the ID camp in the process."

At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"that intelligent design is right"?

Perhaps you should read them so you can speak more intelligently:

http://www.ksde.org/outcomes/sciencestd.pdf - see page 76, item 3, point d.

"d. Whether microevolution (change within a species) can be
extrapolated to explain macroevolutionary changes (such as new
complex organs or body plans and new biochemical systems which
appear irreducibly complex) is controversial. These kinds of
macroevolutionary explanations generally are not based on direct
observations and often reflect historical narratives based on inferences
from indirect or circumstantial evidence."

So just criticism of an unsupported theory is now seen as supporting another unsupported theory. You need to take off your GTE blinder my friend.


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