Kansas’ public humiliation beyond its borders continues, this time in the form of Popular Science magazine’s annual “The Worst Jobs in Science” list. “Kansas Biology Teacher” was accorded the No. 3 spot (after “Human Lab Rat” and “Manure Inspector”). Olathe high school science teacher Brad Williamson explained, “The evolution debate is consuming almost everything we do. It’s politicized the classroom. Parents will say their child can’t be in class during any discussion of evolution, and students will say things like, ‘My grandfather wasn’t a monkey!’” Of Kansas’ reputation, Williamson said, “We’ve heard anecdotally that our students are getting much more scrutiny at places like medical schools. I get calls from teachers in other states who say things like ‘You rubes!’ But this is happening across the country. It’s not just Kansas anymore.” So why is Kansas feeling most of the pain?
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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