A three-member subcommittee of the Kansas state board of education held hearings May 5-7 to consider whether to allow language critical of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution into the state's science standards. Many of the nation's top scientists and scientific organizations boycotted the hearings, saying they amounted to an attempt to foist views they consider religion-based, such as "intelligent design," upon teachers and students.
How should the theory of evolution be taught in public schools? What content knowledge do students need? What effect will the Kansas hearing have on the teaching of evolution?