The headlines on Web reports of the Kansas State Board of Education’s Tuesday approval of evolution-friendly science standards reflected outsiders’ perceptions (and misperceptions) of this long-running issue in Kansas. Some examples:
– "Evolution returns to Kansas" (National Center for Science Education)
– "Kansas schools dump ‘intelligent design’" (Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada)
– "Darwin back on Kansas’ A list" (Los Angeles Times)
– "Conservatives lose latest Darwin battle in Kansas" (Reuters)
– "Kansas board supports evolution" (Wall Street Journal)
– "Evolution of science standards continues in Kansas" (CNN)
– "God, Darwin clash again in Kansas" (Times of India and Irish Times)
– "Darwin admitted back into Kansas schools" (DailyIndia.com)
– "Evolution comes to Kansas" (Cosmos, Australia)
– "God vs. evolution in Kansas . . . Again" (New York Times blog)
That last site, by the way, includes hundreds of blogger comments that add up to a dispiriting picture of what the world thinks of Kansas. (Samples: "Why do we still allow such moronic throwbacks to vote in national elections?" "Is their goal a state populated with Wal-Mart greeters?" "These are the people that brought us BTK, ‘In Cold Blood,’ Dorothy and Toto, the world’s largest ball of twine and wheat. Lots and lots of wheat. Need I say more?" "Kansas has schools?")
Whatever the state board does next, the damage is done.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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