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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Florida school board hearing on Darwinian dogmatism

The agenda for the Jan. 24 meeting of the Nassau County school board in Florida has an action item on a proposed resolution opposing a proposal to include Darwinian dogmatism in the new Florida state science standards:

Action Items

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C. Request adoption of Resolution #1238 asking the State Board of Education to revise the new Sunshine State Standards for Science such that evolution is not presented at the exclusion of other theories of the origin of life.

The following opening paragraph in the proposed Grades 9-12 standards is particularly controversial, though the proposed standards may contain other controversial statements about evolution:

Evolution and Diversity: A. Evolution is the fundamental concept underlying all of biology and is supported by multiple forms of scientific evidence. B. Organisms are classified based on their evolutionary history. C. Natural selection is the primary mechanism leading to evolutionary change.

Comments may be sent to the Nassau County school board members and the superintendent at --
.
janethadkins@bellsouth.net,
creamermu@nassau.k12.fl.us,
burnska@nassau.k12.fl.us,
cookga@nassau.k12.fl.us,
jim.adams@fssnf.org,
ruisjo@nassau.k12.fl.us

Time may be running out for Florida school boards to pass resolutions concerning the proposed new state science standards -- the Florida state board of education may consider and even vote on the proposed new standards at the next board meeting on Feb. 19. According to reports, as many as 12 county school boards in Florida have passed resolutions against Darwinian dogmatism and only one has passed a resolution in favor of it -- IMO that is enough to make the state board of education think twice before adopting Darwinian dogmatism as part of the new state science standards. Comments to the state board of education may be sent to the following address:

Commissioner@fldoe.org

Phone, fax, and postal address information for Florida BOE members is at --
http://www.fldoe.org/board/

Someone also posted the following email addresses for the individual board members, but I have been unable to verify these addresses:

callawaydjc@embarq.com,
praulerson@okeechobee.com,
bob@colson.com,
twfair@bellsouth.net,
drdesai@univhc.com,
kshanahan@wrsie.com,
lmtaylor@gte.net,
eric.smith@fldoe.org,
lynn.abbott@fldoe.org,
todd.clark@fldoe.org
.

4 Comments:

Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

"Evolution is the fundamental concept underlying all of biology" is simply a nutty statement. It's like saying that a chemist can't analyze a substance without knowing where it came from, or how it came to exist.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 1:01:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Why would the Darwinists propose such silly standards? It's certainly not clear to me. But it's all good for a laugh, anyway.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 1:19:00 PM  
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008 2:14:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

A professor cried, "I've preferred
To study the wings of this bird,
But I simply can't try
Unless I'm told why
It appeared! By Darwin, I've heard?"

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 2:35:00 PM  

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