Kansas is one of several states revamping their science curriculum to lessen the role evolution plays, promoting other ideas, like intelligent design or creationism, as science. As a result, two science organizations have refused to grant them permission to use their copyrighted materials in their standards.
I’m not sure that this is the best way to go about promoting evolution. However, there is no mistaking that evolution is a fact. It is not a theory on how the world has come to be. The “bird-flu” virus is a perfect example of evolution in action. Since the time between generations is quite short, genetic mutations happen frequently. Some mutations are good, some aren’t so good. The good ones get passed on down to future generations, the not so good ones die out. Kind of sounds like Darwin…
But I digress. Not allowing Kansas to use evolution material will only backfire. It is like the science organizations just don’t want to play with Kansas anymore, so they are taking their marbles home. I think the information needs to be available, if only to not put the students of Kansas schools at a scientific disadvantage when they enter college and the workforce.
What do you think? Do you agree with the science organizations? Should they not let Kansas use their copyrighted material?