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    Post Georgia considers banning 'evolution'

    Not quite as bad as the title sounds.

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/EDUCATION/01....ap/index.html

    Georgia considers banning 'evolution'
    Friday, January 30, 2004 Posted: 10:11 AM EST (1511 GMT)

    State Superindendent of Schools Kathy Cox answers questions at a news conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday.

    ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- The state's school superintendent has proposed striking the word evolution from Georgia's science curriculum and replacing it with the phrase "biological changes over time."

    The change is included in more than 800 pages of draft revisions to Georgia's curriculum that have been posted by the Department of Education on its Web site. The middle and high school standards are expected to be voted on by the state Board of Education in May, after public feedback.

    Superintendent Kathy Cox said the concept of evolution would still be taught under the proposal, but the word would not be used. The proposal would not require schools to buy new textbooks omitting the word evolution and would not prevent teachers from using it.

    Cox repeatedly referred to evolution as a "buzzword" Thursday and said the ban was proposed, in part, to alleviate pressure on teachers in socially conservative areas where parents object to its teaching.

    "If teachers across this state, parents across this state say, 'This is not what we want,' then we'll change it," said Cox, a Republican elected in 2002.

    Educators and legislators criticized the proposal, saying science teachers understand the theories behind evolution and how to teach them.

    "Here we are, saying we have to improve standards and improve education, and we're just throwing a bone to the conservatives with total disregard to what scientists say," said state Rep. Bob Holmes, a Democrat.

    Social conservatives who prefer religious creation to be taught instead of evolution criticized the proposal as well.

    "If you're teaching the concept without the word, what's the point?" said Rep. Bobby Franklin, a Republican. "It's stupid. It's like teaching gravity without using the word gravity."

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    Post Re: Georgia considers banning 'evolution'

    "If teachers across this state, parents across this state say, 'This is not what we want,' then we'll change it," said Cox, a Republican elected in 2002.

    Educators and legislators criticized the proposal, saying science teachers understand the theories behind evolution and how to teach them.


    "If you're teaching the concept without the word, what's the point?" said Rep. Bobby Franklin, a Republican. "It's stupid. It's like teaching gravity without using the word gravity."[/QUOTE]

    I would like to present an interesting viewpoint to this. First, let me state that my metaphysical viewpoints tend towards empericism, as a basis of consistant analyzing, synthesyzing and 'more objectivism' that works for me. Second, I am a scientist by my understanding of the definition.
    My ex spouses' step mother (Linda Holloway) was the member of the KS Board of Education that pushed for the changes in the science testing, so that in effect, if schools needed to concentrate on other areas for state requirements, they could have skipped 'science' all together. (I put science in quotes because junior and high school does not have the time to overcome the coliquial understandings presented by the pseudo science media and the "teach thories as facts" misguided concepts of gradeschool).
    Now, she also is a charasmatic christian. She did not believe in Evolution, and her agenda (personal knowledge) was that she wanted to have both taught in school. If that would not happen, well, here was an option.

    I agree, it is stupid to drop Evolution. The next step is to drop science! What we need is to teach in the gradeschools the difference between the religion of science (yes, but a different argument than the one here) and the religion of creationism (whether from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddism, Hinduism, Native American, or others). Not only would this allow for and help with the problems people precieve of teaching BOTH, but it would also aid in the understanding of what is meant by a theory, a law, a fact, etc. There would be better understanding of logic, analyzing, aiding in being more objective (seperating my personal viewpoint from what is being presented to me) as well as seeing through any propaganda by viewing the information and it's presentation format.

    Any comments?

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