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  • Evolution foes facing setback

    03/27/2009 6:23:20 AM PDT · by laotzu · 113 replies · 2,242+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 3/27/09 | Gary Scharrer
    AUSTIN — The State Board of Education gave a nearly-final nod to new science curriculum standards Thursday that would change a long-standing Texas tradition over how schoolchildren learn about evolution. The tentative vote — a final one is expected today — will mean teachers and students no longer will be expected to discuss the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution and the theory about the origin of life developed by Charles Darwin 150 years ago. The move is a setback for critics of evolution, who argued that teachers and students should have to analyze the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution —...
  • Majority say teach evolution in Texas

    11/20/2008 6:38:37 AM PST · by mnehring · 53 replies · 861+ views
    A new survey finds a majority of science professors at Texas' public and private universities are against a state policy requiring weaknesses in the theory of evolution be covered in public school science classes. The study by the progressive group Texas Freedom Network surveyed 464 university biologists and anthropologists with the help of a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Dallas Morning News reports 95% said schools should teach "just evolution" in covering the origins of life on earth. The rest said children should learn both evolution and the creationist theory called "intelligent design." Survey results...
  • Newt Not Running (Fox, CNN)

    09/29/2007 9:59:03 AM PDT · by Atlas Sneezed · 20 replies · 129+ views
    Fox & CNN ^ | 9/29/2007 | Fox & CNN
    BREAKING NEWS: Newt Gingrich Will NOT Run for President - Fox News Submitted by brkcmo on Sat, 09/29/2007 - 12:44pm. Tags: * Newt Gingrich UPDATE 12:46 PM ET: CNN is now headlining that Newt Gingrich has told them he is NOT running for President. Here is a link to a post just up over at Free Republic stating that a Fox News "Breaking News" spot announced that Newt Gingrich will NOT run for President, according to their sources. I cannot find a full article as yet on the subject. If true, it would be GREAT news for Fred!
  • Kansas Repeals Evolution Ruling

    02/13/2007 6:47:47 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 55 replies · 1,393+ views
    CBS ^ | February 13, 2007 | Staff
    The Kansas state Board of Education on Tuesday repealed science guidelines questioning evolution that had made the state an object of ridicule. The new guidelines reflect mainstream scientific views of evolution and represent a political defeat for advocates of "intelligent design," who had helped write the standards that are being jettisoned. The intelligent design concept holds that life is so complex that it must have been created by a higher authority. The board removed language suggesting that key evolutionary concepts are controversial and being challenged by new research, and approved a new definition of science that limits it to the...
  • A look at how Kansas' science standards would change (If and when evolutionists alter them)

    02/10/2007 3:22:58 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 2,092 replies · 19,251+ views
    Kansas.com ^ | February 9, 2007 | Staff
    A look at some of the changes proposed for Kansas' science standards. INTRODUCTION _ Existing Standards: "Evolution is accepted by many scientists but questioned by some. The board has heard credible scientific testimony that indeed there are significant debates about the evidence of key aspects of chemical and biological evolutionary theory. ... We also emphasize that these science curriculum standards do not include intelligent design ..." _ Proposed Change: This language would be deleted. _ Reasoning: The statements do not reflect mainstream science. The "credible evidence" was testimony from the leaders of the intelligent design movement, viewed as flawed by...
  • Anticreationist legislation in Montana

    01/30/2007 9:09:17 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 17 replies · 807+ views
    NCSE ^ | January 30, 2007 | Staff
    House Joint Resolution 21, introduced by Representative Robin Hamilton (D-District 92) on January 26, 2007, in the Montana House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Education, would, if enacted, express the Montana legislature's recognition of the importance of separation of church and state and support of the right of local school board trustees to adopt a science curriculum based on sound scientific principles. The resolution refers to "a number of national fundamentalist organizations seeking to force local schools to adopt a science curriculum that conforms to their particular religious beliefs and that includes theories commonly referred to as...
  • National Park Service Now Distancing Itself from Creationist Book It Approved

    01/16/2007 1:57:33 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 76 replies · 838+ views
    YubaNet ^ | January 16, 2007 | Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
    The National Park Service insists that it does not teach creationism or endorse the view that the Grand Canyon is the product of Noah's Flood, according to a new agency public statement posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Despite this statement, the agency will continue selling a book making those "Young Earth" claims about the origin of the canyon - a book that top agency officials approved over the objections of its own park superintendent. In a statement issued by the National Park Service (NPS) Chief of Public Affairs, David Barna, on January 4th, the agency contends...
  • New state board tackles evolution immediately (Kansas)

    01/10/2007 7:06:45 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 320 replies · 4,496+ views
    ABC49 ^ | January 9, 2007 | Scott Rothschild
    Just minutes after a new moderate majority took control of the State Board of Education today, the issue of evolution came back up. The board voted to hear about proposed science standards that support evolution later in the day with a possible decision on them next month. The issue produced a long line of speakers both for and against evolution during a public comment period. Doug Kaufman, a physician’s assistant and pastor from Leavenworth, told the board that evolution “doesn’t stand up to real science.” But supporters of evolution urged the board to change the current standards that include criticism...
  • Ga. School District Abandons Stickers

    12/19/2006 2:19:29 PM PST · by Sopater · 313 replies · 4,088+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | DOUG GROSS
    ATLANTA — A suburban school board that put stickers in high school science books saying evolution is "a theory, not a fact" abandoned its legal battle to keep them Tuesday after four years. The Cobb County board agreed in federal court never to use a similar sticker or to undermine the teaching of evolution in science classes. In return, the parents who sued over the stickers agreed to drop all legal action. "We certainly think that it's a win not just for our clients but for all students in Cobb County and, really, all residents of Georgia," said Beth Littrell...
  • Evolution Opponents Lose in Kan. Primary

    08/02/2006 7:46:35 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 59 replies · 1,167+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, August 2, 2006 | JOHN HANNA
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- Conservative Republicans who pushed anti-evolution standards back into Kansas schools last year have lost control of the state Board of Education once again. The most closely watched race was in western Kansas, where incumbent conservative Connie Morris lost her Republican primary Tuesday. The former teacher had described evolution as "an age-old fairy tale" and "a nice bedtime story" unsupported by science. As a result of Tuesday's vote, board members and candidates who believe evolution is well-supported by evidence will have a 6-4 majority. Evolution skeptics had entered the election with a two-person majority.
  • Evolution Debate Not Settled by Election

    08/02/2006 5:52:44 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 57 replies · 4,062+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 2, 2006 | JOHN HANNA
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- Upcoming changes to the state school board mean Kansas is likely to return to evolution-friendly education standards _ yet remain mired in a fight over how the theory is taught in classrooms. Conservative Republicans lost control of the State Board of Education on Tuesday only nine months after they enacted science standards expressing doubt about evolution. Critics saw the standards as an attack on science, and Kansas was held up to international ridicule. The conservative majority was 6-4 going into this year's election. Moderate Republicans unseated one conservative and captured a seat held by a retiring conservative...
  • "Intelligent design" legislation in New York dies

    06/27/2006 3:41:53 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 273 replies · 2,375+ views
    When the New York State Assembly's legislative session ended on June 23, 2006, Assembly Bill 8036 died in committee. If enacted, the bill would have required that "all pupils in grades kindergarten through twelve in all public schools in the state ... receive instruction in all aspects of the controversy surrounding evolution and the origins of man." A later provision specified that such instruction would include information about "intelligent design and information effectively challenging the theory of evolution." The bill was never expected to succeed; its sponsor, Assemblyman Daniel L. Hooker (R-District 127), was reported as explaining that his intention...
  • Senate blocks flag-burn ban

    06/27/2006 5:12:13 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 116 replies · 1,743+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 28 June 2006
    THE Republican majority in the US Senate has failed by just one vote to amend the constitution to ban desecration of the national flag. The motion was backed by 66 votes, one short of the two thirds majority need to get a constitutional amendment passed. Thirty-four senators voted against. The measure, backed by President George W. Bush, had been promoted by the Republican majority as it tries to rally its conservative base ahead of key congressional elections in November.
  • Exam Board rules out creationism in UK classrooms

    05/23/2006 6:56:00 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 24 replies · 539+ views
    Ekklesia ^ | 24 May 2006 | Staff
    An examination board at the centre of a storm surrounding the teaching of creationism in UK schools has committed to re-visit its guidance to avoid the threat to science teaching that many feared, and to issue strict guidance to trainee teachers on their exam programme. The 'Gateway Science' specification had caused controversy because teachers were asked to “explain that the fossil record has been interpreted differently over time (e.g. creationist interpretation).” But now the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) exam board has said they are “happy to commit to reviewing the wording of this part of the Gateway Science (Biology)...
  • (School) Board votes down evolution analysis

    03/10/2006 8:09:38 AM PST · by LouAvul · 225 replies · 2,494+ views
    cnn/ap ^ | 3-10-06
    South Carolina (AP) -- The state Board of Education on Wednesday rejected a state panel's proposal to change high school standards on evolution by calling on students to "critically analyze" the theory. Science teachers had complained that although critical analysis is part of all science, the wording was really a backdoor attempt to force educators to teach religious-based alternatives. In a 10-6 vote, board members agreed. The Education Oversight Committee, a school reform panel made up of lawmakers, teachers, parents and other community members, recommended the change last month. Panel member Senator Mike Fair, R-Greenville, has said it was intended...
  • Revote today [Dover, PA school board]

    01/03/2006 12:12:37 PM PST · by PatrickHenry · 1,069 replies · 8,643+ views
    York Daily Record [Penna] ^ | 03 January 2006 | TOM JOYCE
    Also today, Dover's board might revoke the controversial intelligent design decision. Now that the issue of teaching "intelligent design" in Dover schools appears to be played out, the doings of the Dover Area School Board might hold little interest for the rest of the world. But the people who happen to live in that district find them to be of great consequence. Or so board member James Cashman is finding in his final days of campaigning before Tuesday's special election, during which he will try to retain his seat on the board. Even though the issue that put the Dover...
  • Dover school board rescinds 'intelligent design' policy

    01/03/2006 5:18:38 PM PST · by mhking · 12 replies · 808+ views
    By MARTHA RAFFAELE Associated Press Writer DOVER, Pa. (AP) -- The Dover school board on Tuesday rescinded its policy of presenting "intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution in high school biology classes, two weeks after a federal judge found the concept was religious and not scientific. There was no discussion by members of the Dover Area School Board before the voice vote Tuesday night. The policy, approved in October 2004, required that a statement be read to students about "intelligent design" before ninth-grade lessons on evolution. The statement said Darwin's theory is "not a fact" and has inexplicable "gaps."...