Evolutionary Biology Major Dropped From DOE Approved List

The New York Times is reporting that the evolutionary biology major has been dropped from the U.S. Department of Education’s list of eligible majors for educational grants. So if you’re a low-income student applying for a Pell or other federal grant and you want to study evolutionary biology, the feds won’t pay for it. When contacted, a Department of Education spokesperson claimed that it was a “clerical error” and would be fixed right away. That was last Tuesday. I just checked out the official list (online PDF here) and there’s just a blank line at sub section 26.1303 where the major is supposed to be. The Times quoted Lawrence M. Krauss, a physicist at Case Western Reserve University, who said: “Removing that one major is not going to make the nation stupid, but if this really was removed, specifically removed, then I see it as part of a pattern to put ideology over knowledge.” A new dark ages?

Update 9/1/2006: Kudos to the Department of Education for adding it back in…

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