A group of churches in Wyoming has endorsed the Next Generation Science Standards, including the stance that evolution should be taught as scientific fact.
Wyoming blocked adoption of the common science standards in March. The backlash has been, at least in part, a result of the document’s language on evolution and human contributions to global warming.
But a statement from the Wyoming Association of Churches—a group representing 10 Protestant denominations—says: “Wac believes that God gave us the responsibility to serve as stewards of the created order. Science, on the other hand, is not based upon a belief system but rather a field of study dedicated to the understanding of how the created order works. Therefore, WAC strongly supports the advancement of an education system founded upon 21st-century evidence-based science standards.”
A version of this article appeared in the July 10, 2014 edition of Education Week as Wyoming Churches Support Common Science Standards