Evolution Restored to Kansas Standards, But Called 'Controversial' in Alabama's
The Kansas board of education made good last week on its newest members' promise to return the concept of evolution to the state science standards, a move that was applauded by scientists around the country.
Meanwhile, as policymakers in the Sunflower State affirmed their commitment to the teaching of evolution, their counterparts in Alabama gave the subject a less ringing endorsement. Included in the new science standards approved by Alabama education officials this month is a disclaimer that declares evolution to be a "controversial" theory.
In Kansas, the 10-member state school board voted 7-3 on Feb. 14 to replace controversial benchmarks set in 1999 with a version of the science standards that includes sections on the origin of the universe, the development of Earth, and dinosaurs and their fossils, said Val...
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