Intelligent Design Advocate To Become President of a National Education Group?

This July, the National Association of State Boards of Education will elect officers and, according to this article, there is only one person running for the position of president.

That person is Kenneth Willard. Why is he not a good choice?

[Willard is] a Kansas Republican who voted with the conservative majority in 2005 when the school board changed the state’s science standards to allow inclusion of intelligent design, an ideological cousin of creationism. Voters later replaced that majority, but Willard, an insurance executive from Hutchinson, retained his seat.

Apparently, someone was running against him before but had to drop out for personal reasons.

Each state gets one one vote and write-in candidates are allowed. Which means there is a chance that an educated person may yet lead this group.

One possible [write-in] candidate is Sam Schloemer, a retired businessman from Cincinnati who won a seat on the Ohio board last November with the help of scientists who organized to defeat creationist candidates.

Schloemer said he had no particular desire for the office, but added, “I would rather serve than see someone of his persuasion represent school boards across the country.”

(Thanks to TXatheist for the link)


[tags]atheist, atheism, National Association of State Boards of Education, Kenneth Willard, Kansas, Republican, science, intelligent design, creationism, Sam Schloemer[/tags]

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