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The evolution of evolution



Apes Folks are getting pretty worked up these days about Florida's science standards, and whether evolution belongs in there as a big idea that every child must learn.

Perhaps they're missing a key point: Most science teachers already teach the ideas under the less explosive term "change over time." More, the ACT and other national exams already test students on the concepts.

"Evolution has always been part of the science standards. Now they’re just giving it its proper name," Elaine Hagan, chairman of Choctawhatchee High School’s science department, told the Northwest Florida Daily News.

Throw the word out there, though, and well, we've seen what happens. The public debate is furious, especially as officials start to say how they feel and how they might vote on the subject. (Just check out the comments on our past posts about the standards for a sample.)

Don't feel alone, though. Florida isn't the only state where evolution is under scrutiny these days. Texas is having a similar debate, as the Dallas Morning News reports.

(Image from From T.H. Huxley, Man's Place in Nature)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:30am]


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