Biology professor John Richard Schrock reports in a commentary on today’s Opinion page that one of the speakers at the State Board of Education’s evolution hearings last year claimed that Kansas had the only state science standards based on nature. As Schrock notes, that’s absolutely not true. Yet it is a line that is being repeated by socially conservative State BOE candidates and their backers in an attempt to make the board’s actions seem reasonable.
For example, Republican incumbent Ken Willard of Hutchinson (in photo) told The Eagle editorial board that “Kansas had the most restrictive definition of science of any state in the union.” And he claimed that all the State BOE did in removing the phrase “based on natural phenomena” was make our definition of science reflect the other states.
Baloney. This radical redefining of science was a big reason why the State Board’s own science standards committee and so many national experts and science groups object so strongly to the new standards.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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