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Responses rolling in




The Florida Department of Education asked, and it is receiving. Loads of commentary on its proposed new science education standards, that is.

As of last week, about 3,000 people had submitted their views on the first changes in a decade to the way science is taught in Florida, Education Week reports. The recommendations were expected to be controversial, because they include evolution as a key "big idea" to be included in instruction. Before, the word "evolution" didn't even appear in the standards.

So far, the majority supports the change, according to the article. But the divisions are already clear.

"Excellent benchmark," one commenter wrote of an benchmark about evidence for evolution. Wrote another: "Do some research of creation science. Evolution 'facts' have been disproven."

To read more from the Gradebook about the issue, click here and here.

(Times photo of Jefferson High chemistry class, John Pendygraft)

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


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