How ironic that this comes across the very morning that, sleepless at
5 a.m., I finished off a draft for you all on the selection-mutation
balance in regards to this question of antibiotic resistance and
Evolution holds that life changes. Humans evolving from more
"primitive" species is such a small and unimportant part of that
demonstrated view of the biology of life, that these people's focus
on that demonstrates the narrowness of their views and their refusal
to even consider facts that don't fit with their biases.
>`Evolution' deleted from Kentucky
> school guidelines
> Wednesday, October 6, 1999
> (10-06) 04:02 PDT FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) --
> The word ``evolution'' has been deleted from
> guidelines of what Kentucky public school students
> should know and be tested on, the latest blow to a
> topic many scientists consider a cornerstone of
> State Education Department officials substituted
> ``change over time'' for evolution during a
> last-minute editing session, said Associate
> Education Commissioner Linda Houghton, who
> oversees the department's curriculum work.
> She cited state ``testing sensitivity'' guidelines,
> designed to keep children from taking a position on
> subjects such as death, divorce and animal rights.
> The list also includes the theory of evolution, which
> holds that humans evolved from more primitive
> Deputy Commissioner Gene Wilhoit said he and
> other department officials saw no need to keep the
> word evolution in the guidelines for high school and
> middle school students.
> ``The word is a lightning rod that creates a diversion
> from what we're teaching, and we did not want to
> advocate a particular doctrine or a specific view,''
> Wilhoit said.
> Biology teachers said the decision will discourage
> schools from covering the topic.
> ``A lot of teachers are upset about this,'' said Ken
> Rosenbaum, director of the Kentucky Science
> Teachers Association. ``They know it was done for
> political reasons. It's either a scientific theory or it's
> not. Why don't we just stop calling the sunrise the
> The topic is controversial because some view
> evolution as inconsistent with their religious beliefs,
> including the Bible's account of creation.
> In a high-profile decision in August, the Kansas
> Board of Education adopted new testing standards
> that play down the scientific importance of
> In Kentucky, teachers campaigned for including
> evolution in updated state curriculum guidelines. The
> word was in the final draft of the guidelines
> presented to the state Board of Education in
> August, but was replaced.
> The guidelines do not require approval of the state
> Board of Education, though the board can call for
> ``If we were going to add or remove the word
> evolution, this should have been brought to our
> attention,'' said Jeffrey Mando, a board member.
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