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Mechanical engineer Fred Cutting, who sat on the committee that rewrote Florida's science standards, isn't satisfied with the section on evolution. He considers the section so "dogmatic," in fact, that the Pinellas County retiree has submitted a minority report to the State Board of Education for its consideration.

"The fact is that there are many legitimate scientific critiques of macro evolution, and students deserve to hear about their concerns and data," Cutting wrote in an e-mail to the Gradebook. "This will make them better scientists, and better citizens."

Cutting, whom Creative Loafing wrote about in 2006 as an intelligent design supporter, stated he is not advocating on behalf of teaching ID or creationism in the schools and doesn't want to be labeled that way: "I am ONLY advocating that we teach both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of evolution."

The State Board is scheduled to vote on the standards on Feb. 19.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:33am]


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