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Florida will teach evolution but only as theory
Reuters ^ | February 19, 2008 | Michael Peltier

Posted on 02/19/2008 5:54:12 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Florida education officials voted on Tuesday to add evolution to required course work in public schools but only after a last-minute change depicting Charles Darwin's seminal work as merely a theory.

Bending to pressure from religious conservatives, the State Board of Education on a 4-3 vote included the "theory" language as part of a retooling of the state's science standards for public school education.

The compromise would require teaching that Darwin's proposal -- that natural selection has driven the evolution of many species from a few common ancestors over billions of years -- has yet to be conclusively proven.

"To say there is no debate is ridiculous," said board member Phoebe Raulerson. "Then why are we here today?"

The panel includes the word "evolution" in state science standards for the first time, but it is relegated to a place among a host of ideas, including Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. By contrast Isaac Newton's law of gravity is taught as undisputed fact.

During more than two hours of testimony, scientists and religious representatives argued over whether teaching that humans evolved from a single-celled species over hundreds of millions of years should be taken as gospel.

Some religious groups believe that evolution conflicts with the Biblical account of creation, though others contend there is no conflict. These contentions have driven debates in several states, including Kansas and Pennsylvania, as to how the subject should be taught in public schools.

Proponents say the body of research is replete with data backing up evolution as the major driving force in biology, noting that the prestigious National Academy of Sciences approved the original language that said "Evolution is the fundamental concept underlying all of biology."

The language in Florida was changed to refer to "The scientific theory of evolution."

"Why are we even considering this?" said board member Roberto Martinez, who voted against the watered-down measure.

Some religious groups called on the board to endorse "academic freedom" in the new guidelines.

"I'm not saying it's a fact or not a fact," Raulerson said of Darwin's theory. "I'm saying that it is open to further discussion."

The topic will not appear on Florida's standardized tests until 2012, but school districts will be required to adjust their lessons by next year.

The new standards followed a series of international reviews that berated the state's science curriculum as inadequate.

Backers of stronger evolutionary language called the vote a regrettable compromise that would nonetheless boost the instruction of evolution as a basic tenet of modern biology.

"Sooner or later we'll get there," Martinez said.


TOPICS: Front Page News; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: crevo; crevolist; evolution; ofcourseitsatheory; scienceeducation
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1 posted on 02/19/2008 5:54:17 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger
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Insert your panicked Darwinist wilhelms here...
2 posted on 02/19/2008 5:54:58 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (ConcealedCampus.com)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Thanks. Now, was that so difficult?


3 posted on 02/19/2008 5:55:38 PM PST by marron
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Gravity is only a theory.


4 posted on 02/19/2008 5:55:59 PM PST by Soliton
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To: Soliton

Exactly.


5 posted on 02/19/2008 5:56:45 PM PST by marron
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To: Soliton

Let’s drop your computer and test it.


6 posted on 02/19/2008 5:57:54 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (ConcealedCampus.com)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Creationism makes so much more sense than Evolution, but we're talking common sense here!/sigh
7 posted on 02/19/2008 5:58:35 PM PST by PROCON (Dems=You can Fool Some of the People all of the Time--Abraham Lincoln)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Imagine that. Teaching the Theory of Evolution as a theory.
8 posted on 02/19/2008 5:59:51 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Let’s drop your computer and test it.

What is your hypothesis?

9 posted on 02/19/2008 5:59:52 PM PST by Soliton
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To: PROCON
Creationism makes so much more sense than Evolution, but we're talking common sense here!/sigh

Which creation myth do you prefer?

10 posted on 02/19/2008 6:01:06 PM PST by Soliton
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To: DaveLoneRanger

They also teach that God is only a theory, along with gravity.


11 posted on 02/19/2008 6:02:12 PM PST by Rudder
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To: Soliton
Which creation myth do you prefer?

The one where I get back to you after the FR Canteen, come on over!! :)

12 posted on 02/19/2008 6:03:42 PM PST by PROCON (Dems=You can Fool Some of the People all of the Time--Abraham Lincoln)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

The Creos got whacked.

The bogus victory over inclusion of “theory” provides a fig leaf for to cover a major defeat.

The student won an education


13 posted on 02/19/2008 6:04:16 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: DaveLoneRanger
but only after a last-minute change depicting Charles Darwin's seminal work as merely a theory.

I guess the author is not familiar with "The Theory of Evolution."
14 posted on 02/19/2008 6:05:08 PM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: Soliton

That it will sustain cosmetic, structural or electronic damage, the severity of which is a variable of the height (h) at which we drop it.


15 posted on 02/19/2008 6:05:34 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (ConcealedCampus.com)
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To: metmom

Those wacky school board officials!


16 posted on 02/19/2008 6:05:49 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (ConcealedCampus.com)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Absent scientific *proof,* a theory is what it is!
That’s what “theory” means.


17 posted on 02/19/2008 6:06:22 PM PST by Redbob (WWJBD: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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And again...

Why is it so hard to believe that God caused evolution?


18 posted on 02/19/2008 6:08:23 PM PST by The Coopster
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To: The Coopster

Not hard for me. Just another tool in the toolbag.


19 posted on 02/19/2008 6:09:16 PM PST by marron
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To: DaveLoneRanger

What audacity. Holding science to it’s own standards.


20 posted on 02/19/2008 6:09:18 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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