Magazine article ASEE Prism

Devolving in Kansas

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Devolving in Kansas

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NO, DARWIN, YOU'RE NOT IN KANSAS anymore.

Last August, the Kansas Board of Education removed Darwin's theory of evolution as a require ment in the state's high school science curriculum. Although the move does not prevent the teaching of evolution-some of the state's largest school districts have vowed to continue teaching it-the vote does cut any questions relating to evolution from the state's standard tests. That makes it likely that little time, if any, will be spent on evolution in the classroom.

The decision is already hurting efforts to recruit faculty members, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which also reports that there is a great deal of concern in the state legislature that Kansas science courses won't be taken seriously by college admissions counselors nationwide.

Evolution wasn't the only target. The big bang theory of cosmic origin, which contradicts creationist beliefs that the universe is the work of a divine being and not the result of a vast explosion, was also stripped from the science curriculum. …

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