Monday, February 02, 2004

More on Georgia and Evolution From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes this article about the reaction to the decision of Georgia's Superintendant of Schools to eliminate the word "evolution" from state science guidelines. The reaction was predictable. Scientists are rightly outraged, while many parents support the decision.

In a better world it would matter that the scientists are the ones who know what they are talking about, while most of the parents only know that they were told once that evolution conflicts with this or that religious notion. In this world, there is a decent chance the ignoramuses will have their way.

The AJC wrote a terrific editorial criticizing the decision. The headline says it all: "State stance on evolution a devolution into stupidity ". They also printed numerous letters on the subject, of varying degrees of intelligence. Find them here.

Here's a good letter to the editor of the NY Times. Also check out their article on the subject.

Incidentally, the AJC reports that Georgia's governor, Sonny Perdue, has now weighed in. Unsurprisingly, he punted. He says he opposes the idea of removing the word "evolution" from the standards, but also favors teaching "alternate viewpoints" without saying precisely which viewpoints he has in mind.

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