"Creationist" Kansas school board scapegoated for alleged damage to state economy
Topeka — Calling her an “elitist” and a “big-government liberal,” the state school board’s chairman on Friday criticized Gov. Kathleen Sebelius over her proposal to strip the board of its power to set education policy.
Steve Abrams, an Arkansas City Republican who is part of the Kansas State Board of Education’s conservative majority, took the Democratic governor to task for suggesting that its adoption last year of science standards seen as anti-evolution had damaged Kansas’ economic development efforts . . . . .
"I expect a big-government liberal like our governor to oppose conservative politics. But to infer that the State Board of Education is responsible for the lack of economic development in Kansas is laughable,” he [said].
That's like blaming the demise of Southern California's aerospace industry on the University of California's rejection of Christian-school biology courses that use particular "creationist" biology textbooks.
The last I heard, the high-tech aviation industry in the Kansas city of Wichita, the "Detroit of the general aviation industry," was doing fairly well.
Maybe Gov. Sebelius thinks that businesses' choices of states for locations should be based on the Fordham Institute's map of evolution education ratings. Most of the "failed" and "marginal" states on this map are in the "Bible Belt" and the Midwest, but Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin are among the "failed" states and there was a lot of publicity about the controversy over Ohio's proposed lesson plan for a critical analysis of evolution.
Gov. Sebelius criticized the state rather than the state's detractors. I don't think that she is going to get many votes that way.
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