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'No way' and then 'oh no' with Florida science standards



evo_skulls.jpgTwo weeks ago, Ursula Goodenough, a scientist under contract with the Fordham Institute to assess the biology portion of science standards nationwide, came in for a surprise when she looked at Florida's: They were good. Really good. Especially for their treatment of human evolution.

But then, almost immediately after she posted her thoughts on, the National Center for Science Education hit her with reality: The standards were under fire, again, in the state Legislature, because of a bill sponsored by state Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville.

Wrote Goodenough yesterday in a follow-up blog post about SB 1854: "It is sad that we are in a situation where a Senator Wise can attempt to meddle with the excellent work of the Standards Committee, and hence confuse the science education of young persons living in Florida. Sure, I know, free speech and all that. It's still sad."

Science education supporters are hopeful that Wise's bill is stalled again this year, but nobody wants to say for sure. The session ends May 6.

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[Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 11:58am]


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