Recommended changes for Florida evolution education standards
(1) Insert the word "theory."
(2) Delete or modify the following introduction:
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.
Statement "A" is a matter of opinion and arguably a worldview and students should not be tested on this statement. Statement "B" applies only to cladistic taxonomy -- the statement is not true about Linnaean taxonomy, which is still in widespread use. Statement "C" is wrong -- it is like saying that hydrogen is the "primary" element in water molecules. Natural selection is not enough -- genetic change is also needed for natural selection to act upon.
IMO it would also be nice to add a statement about teaching both the strengths and weaknesses of evolution theory.
The legislature also might make changes in the standards -- legislators have already threatened to add the word "theory."