Future speaker, intelligent design believer
You knew the overwhelming support of Florida's proposed new science standards - especially the part about requiring evolution as a key "big idea" that kids must understand to grasp science - couldn't last for long.
First, several Polk County School Board members voiced their opposition. The grassroots foes soon started to speak more loudly, too. Then came the big news that Donna Callaway, a State Board of Education, shared the view that evolution needs some balance in schools.
Now comes state Rep. Will Weatherford, the Wesley Chapel Republican who's already lined up enough votes to become House speaker in 2011. Asked if he supported the evolution-only approach, Weatherford told the Gradebook, ""I'm not a big fan of that."
"I'm not a scientist, but I will tell you in general evolution is one of the theories. To show it from just one perspective and say this is more important or more accurate than the rest, I'm not so sure I'm in favor of that," Weatherford said.
He continued on to state he believes students should learn about all the major theories and be allowed to decide for themselves.
"Intelligent design is something I'm personally a fan of, and something I personally believe in," he said. "But I don't want to see that jammed down their throats, either. It shouldn't be slanted one way or the other."