This is David Givens:
“I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution.”
“I think we are very committed to being able to take Kentucky students and put them on a report card beside students across the nation,” Givens said. “We’re simply saying to the ACT people we don’t want what is a theory to be taught as a fact in such a way it may damage students’ ability to do critical thinking.”
This is Ben Waide:
“The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science — Darwin made it up,” Waide said. “My objection is they should ensure whatever scientific material is being put forth as a standard should at least stand up to scientific method. Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny.”
This is Ricky Line:
“When it says evolution as if there is no other option, then over time our students are going to assume that is the only option when there are other options out there.”
Givens is a Kentucky State Senator. (Republican.)
Waide is a Kentucky State Representative. (Also Republican.)
Line is a school superintendent in the state. (I don’t know about him, but I’m gonna take a guess.)
And they’re all trying to ruin science education standards in their state because it emphasizes evolution too much, hurting the Baby Jesus’ feelings.
Meanwhile, the people who actually know things about science must be banging their heads against a wall:
Vincent Cassone, chairman of the University of Kentucky biology department, served on the committee that developed the standards.
“The theory of evolution is the fundamental backbone of all biological research,” he said. “There is more evidence for evolution than there is for the theory of gravity, than the idea that things are made up of atoms, or Einstein’s theory of relativity. It is the finest scientific theory ever devised.”
Damn elitist and his “theories”…
The state standards haven’t changed… yet. But if you live in the state, contact your representatives and tell them to listen to the scientific experts and not the GOP-wing-of-the-Church.
Or else your state will be the Usain Bolt in a race to the bottom.