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Florida's evolution education debate lives on in north Florida



The Florida Board of Education came down on the side of teaching evolution as a main idea of science when it narrowly adopted the state's science curriculum back in 2008. 

Some state politicians can't let the issue go. All three leading Republicans in the race for newly drawn House District 17 in St. John's County announced during a forum that they support the teaching of creationism in the state's public schools, the St. Augustine Record reports.

According to the Record, State Rep. Ronald "Doc" Renuart said, "Evolution is still a theory. It should be taught as a theory, not as a fact. Creationism, divine intervention — a lot of people share this belief."

Candidate Kim Kendall, a community activist, agreed.

"Evolution standards are being thrust on our students in science class," she said. "Academic freedom allows our students to question that science has it right."

Candidate Mike Davis, a builder, said, "The school should present both ideas."

Whoever wins, it appears, will provide a voice in Tallahassee for this view, which hasn't gained much traction in recent years. Maybe we'll get to hear the debate again. 

[Last modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:30pm]


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