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Issue Position: Science Standards

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The board has adopted standards that encourage the teaching of science honestly, allows students to critically analyze any scientific evidence, without limiting students to only evidence that supports one particular bias or another. Although not required by our current science standards, I would note that the vast majority of Kansans, and Americans for that matter, believe that students should be taught about the controversy surrounding the origin of life, which is still a mystery. The standards allow teachers an opportunity to discuss scientific evidence that may be critical to certain claims of evolution. This was not permitted in the previous standards. These standards allow for more academic freedom for the teachers in the classroom.

The negative information about these standards in the press is all rhetoric and is geared towards the strategy to demean rather than to discuss the controversy surrounding the origin of life.

The misconception that these standards somehow introduce religion into the science classroom is totally false. The story of where we came from and the origins of life have been in science text books for years. This view is not neutral and very much supports non-theistic religious beliefs. These standards seek to eliminate rather than advance the religious bias that permeated the old standards.

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