Kansas's revolving door policy of school science continues to spin and welcomes Darwinian evolution back into schools. Intelligent Design has to sit outside for a while and think about what it said:
First, we hear from God's PR man:
Quite frankly I am amazed that this is still getting press. My pastor is indeed quite amused with the theory of ID. I still do not understand how people cannot bring evolution into the fold of creationism. Put simply, God created man from dust (check out the bible), said dust in todays language is DNA.
The tripping point here is where he created man in his own image, ( so ok, mabey God looks kinda like a primate, cause Jesus certainly wasn't a white guy with blonde hair and blue eyes), we honestly don't know and prolly never will know what God looks like till the day we die, so we can argue that one till were blue.
From here we can diversify some stuff. God is all knowing and ever-present/omniscient. Even still does that mean that he wants to diddle around with every bloody thing that's on the planet on a constant basis? Nooooooo, that's why he created stuff like ecosystems, and weather systems and other wonderful stuff that we still cannot explain satisfactorily to keep the bloody planet running.
Bringing this arguement back to evolution; God decided on this semi-automated way of having the critters he created change over time to help them adapt to their environment, otherwise he would be constantly bothered from his rugby and cricket matches on the telly and would have to have the angles program his vcr for him (yes....God's vcr does blink 12:00). This method is called evolution.
We know that evolution exists because we can prove that creatures change over time to better suit their environment and survive.
The main pissing point between "Evolutionists" and "Creationists" is the fact that 90+% of our DNA is extreemly close to other primates and mice are a second cousin (This remind you of a particular TV series?) This annoys the creationists becuase they do not have a solid thesis on how this can be, so they trash talk evolution as though it is only a theory. Evolution is a natural law. What is a theory is the evolution of mankind.
"The ID camp is very well organised: a day after the new standards were announced, the Intelligent Design Network presented the school board with a petition protesting the changes. It contained the signatures of almost 4,000 parents."
That's a lot of "X"s.
Hi there. As a faithful Reg reader who happens to live in Kansas (born and raised here, I might add), I think I'm qualified to address this.
Most people abroad may not know this, but Kansas has an elected school board. This means that every couple of years, The People of Kansas get to vote in whatever whackjob they like to fill positions. For the last few years, my great home state has been in the throes of trying to decide if it's going to be run by moderate or conservative Republicans.
In the last 8 years, the school board has changed hands accordingly. So when the bible-belt conservatives take over, the standards have excluded evolution (or at least downplayed them). And then when the moderates take over, they put it back in.
The fact of the matter is most teachers just keep teaching the same thing, so the students aren't hurt by all this. With all the pressure on testing performance incurred by NCLB (No Child Left Behind - don't even get me started), there's not a lot of time and effort put into flip-flopping on curriculum. Not to mention that it takes years for any curriculum change to take hold, anyway. And as many times as the standards have changed, as you noted, there's hardly been enough time for local school districts to enact a new science curriculum of any kind.
I just wanted to let you know that not all citizens of Kansas are bible-thumping, anti-science, ultra-conservative "nutters", like the rest of the world seems to think we are.
Disclaimer: I'm a registered Democrat, vote often as possible, believe Darwinian Evolution theory is good science, employed by a state (of Kansas) university, and my wife is a teacher.
What?! No mention of the flying spaghetti monster... Hang your head in shame Ms Sherriff! Oh and pray for his noodly forgiveness!
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That's all folks. ®