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Yecke, evolution, schools and blogs



Okay. Now that we've re-opened the door on Florida K-12 Chancellor Cheri Yecke and what she may or may not think about the teaching of evolution, creationism and intelligent design (see today's story here), here are some other things to consider. First, Yecke's position in more detail: This is what The St. Petersburg Times wrote after interviewing her in August 2005, shortly after she got the job in Florida: "Yecke summed up her position this way: Students should be told that evolution is controversial, but science teachers should proceed to teach it. 'The kids aren't dumb,' she said. 'You may as well acknowledge there are different beliefs and move on.' "

The Times also wrote: "Yecke said she believes 'God created heavens and the earth ... but my personal belief has no bearing on what should be taught in the schools.' She bemoaned the possibility that a messy debate over evolution in Florida might divert attention from the big issues she wants to focus on." (To read the full story, click here. To read more about the evolution-vs.-creationism debate in Florida, click here. To read more about why that debate hasn't become a big issue in Florida, click here.) Yecke told The Gradebook that the August 2005 Times story accurately reflects her position on the issue, so let the debate begin again. Is Yecke's position reasonable or not?

Check this out, too: Here's the website of the scientist/blogger who is central to today's story. (He's a Florida native, by the way.) And here's the link to the Florida Citizens for Science, who have already weighed in on the latest Yecke-and-intelligent-design story.

Update: Oh man. The Times reporter on the Yecke story might need to hire reputationdefender himself. Tuesday's story described intelligent design as a faith-based "counterpart" to evolution. The reporter meant to use "counterpoint" - the same word he used in previous stories on the issue.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:18am]


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