Education A State Capitals Roundup

Michigan Revises Evolution Language

By Sean Cavanagh — October 17, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The Michigan state board of education unanimously approved revised academic standards last week that members say will more strongly emphasize the theory of evolution as the central scientific explanation for life’s development.

In approving the document, the eight-member board chose to revise the wording of the standards, called “content expectations,” in two places to remove the word “may” in describing the process of evolution, state education department spokesman Martin Ackley said in a statement. That previous wording may have wrongly implied that scientists harbor doubts about the theory’s validity, board members said in describing the changes.

The theory of evolution, almost universally accepted in the scientific community, says that humans and other forms of life evolved through natural selection and random mutation. Over the past few years, critics of the theory have sought in many states to allow other views to be taught in public school science classes. In particular, they have sought recognition for “intelligent design,” the belief that humans and other life forms show signs of having been designed by an unnamed creator, rather than having evolved through an unguided process.

A version of this article appeared in the October 18, 2006 edition of Education Week

Events

Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
Mission Possible: Saving Time While Improving Student Outcomes
Learn how district leaders are maximizing instructional time and finding the best resources for student success through their MTSS framework.
Content provided by Panorama Education
Reading & Literacy K-12 Essentials Forum Writing and the Science of Reading
Join us for this free event as we highlight and discuss the intersection of reading and writing with Education Week reporters and expert guests.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: February 1, 2023
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 18, 2023
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Letter to the Editor EdWeek's Most-Read Letters of 2022
Here are this year’s top five Letters to the Editor.
1 min read
Education Week opinion letters submissions
Gwen Keraval for Education Week
Education In Their Own Words Withstanding Trauma, Leading With Honesty, and More: The Education Stories That Stuck With Us
Our journalists highlight why stories on the impact of trauma on schooling and the fallout of the political discourse on race matter to the field.
4 min read
Kladys Castellón prays during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Kladys Castellón prays during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Billy Calzada/The San Antonio Express-News via AP