Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Scientists in a snit

In an escalation of the nation's culture war over the teaching of evolution, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association announced yesterday that they will not allow Kansas to use key science education materials developed by the two organizations.

The refusal came after the groups reviewed the latest draft of the Kansas State Department of Education's new science education standards and concluded that they overemphasize uncertainties about the theory of evolution and fail to make it clear that supernatural phenomena have no place in science.

Next up, watch for the NAS and the NSTA to castigate Kansas for using "substandard" curriculum materials.

1 comment:

Pete-Detroit said...

Personally, I'd be happy if we managed to reliably teach people how to count, read, speak, and to stop for red lights. Do you think the Chineese are wasting time on this? dumbing down their classes to 'avoid damaging the self-esteem' of the 'slow' kids? Hell no, and they are ready, willing and able to bury us. Really, there are bigger fish to fry, folks!