Local politicians in the south are at it again, this time its Kentucky. Link to the article here.
As a science teacher here in Massachusetts, I both laugh and cry at this. I laugh because they wanted their education system to follow national standards (also called "Common core", link to proposed scientific standards cannot be found. It is in the draft stages, and I did not download them when they were released and the NSTA no longer has a link to them). So when the national standards included the theory of evolution, well the representatives got confused. Two choice quotes:
"The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science — Darwin made it up," Waide said. "My objection is they should ensure whatever scientific material is being put forth as a standard should at least stand up to scientific method. Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny."
This representative's science teacher is very sad right now. We have 150 years of data that points to micro evolution at the least, and then we have that pesky fossil record and DNA evidence that suggests much more. Creationism needs no data to stand up to his "scientific method"?
"I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution," Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, said Tuesday in an interview.
Ok, as long as I can put a big blank page with all the evidence collected on the theory of creationism that stands to be supported by the scientific method. This is where I start to cry.
Is it the "theory" word that is so confusing? Is it that they do not want to believe that we as a species may have evolved from something else instead of having his noodly appendages touching us and creating us (Yes I teach pastafarianism when I go over creationism with my biology students)? And if they want to attack evolution, can we attack atomic theory and the theory of gravity as well?
After reading this article, I can almost guarantee that evolution is going to be watered down in national standards. In the original draft it was mentioned how species evolve via microevolution, nothing on human evolution was mentioned. And then I continue to cry when I realize that our educational system will cater to this vocal group that does not want evolution to be mentioned in their darling's public school science class.