Kansas Course Correction

In December 2005, Judge Jones struck a blow against the Intelligent Design (ID) movement in Dover, PA (Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District). Perhaps just as important as the decision itself was the public reaction to it at the polling booth. Locals in Dover overwhelming “threw out the bums” and voted in moderate school board members who had promised to restore science to the classroom. And that they did.

Not all districts have reported in yet, but it looks like the same thing is happening in Kansas. Kansas state board members serve 2-year terms. The two conservative board members up for reelection — Connie Morris and Brad Patzer, both of whom were deeply sympathetic to the ID cause — have been kicked off the board by the sensible voters. Each will be replaced with moderate board members who have promised to restore science to Kansas classrooms. (For the very latest news, check out NCSE’s web site.)

These election results will surely lead to a reversal of the medieval decision by the board in November 2005 to adopt creationism over science. NCSE calls it a “pendulum swing” but that suggests some sort of regularity to this whole mess. I’d say it’s more accurate to call it a course correction. There’s no swinging pendulum here, just some crazy folks who once in a while grab the ship’s wheel when the captain isn’t looking. Are you paying attention Discovery Institute? As soon as regular folks find out what your stealth candidates are doing they rise up against it.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16826768452963498005 Jim Lippard

    Actually, two of the creationist-supporting board members were re-elected (John Bacon and Ken Willard), and one (Connie Morris) and the son-in-law of another (Brad Patzer) were not.

    This was just the Republican primary, but the outcome is now assured that the board will go from a 6-4 conservative anti-evolution majority to a 6-4 evolution-supporting majority.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11774809488785821750 Renegade Eye

    Kansas has a bad reputation, for science education. The ID campaign is hurting Kansas, in a way, that will take long to repair.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13413853703820745851 Modern Day Gideon

    You mean to tell me that there are people who actually believe in evolution still around and elected to a scool board? Especially since the age of the earth increased some 15 billion years since I went to school (I graduated in 1978 and I’m not that old). Defies scientific findings and common sense don’t it? We need to get all the evolutionary monkeys out of our schools, maybe even out of our country and teach biblical truth again!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16826768452963498005 Jim Lippard

    Modern Day Gideon: The age of the earth has not increased by 15 billion years since 1978. It’s still 4.5 billion years old. To understand how the age of the earth has been measured (and how the measurements have converged upon that age), see G. Brent Dalrymple’s book _The Age of the Earth_. There’s no scientific dispute here, and this is quite independent of biological evolution.

    Perhaps you should go back to “scool” for a refresher.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01587703398883868751 rmacapobre

    what happened to the Discovery institute?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01587703398883868751 rmacapobre

    > teach biblical truth again!

    bible and truth .. is an oxymoron ..