Several GOP lawmakers questioned new proposed student standards and tests that delve deeply into biological evolution during a Monday meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Education.
In an exchange with officials from ACT, the company that prepares Kentucky’s new state testing program, those lawmakers discussed whether evolution was a fact and whether the biblical account of creationism also should be taught in Kentucky classrooms.
“I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution,” Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, said Tuesday in an interview.
Another committee member, Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, said he had a problem with evolution being an important part of biology standards.
“The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science — Darwin made it up,” Waide said. “My objection is they should ensure whatever scientific material is being put forth as a standard should at least stand up to scientific method. Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny.”
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Justin writes: “The quote above is the most ridiculous thing I’ve read in a while.” Agreed! It’s NOT up to lawmakers to decide what is scientific fact. They are seriously mistaken on their role of lawmakers if they believe they can dictate laws of how nature works. Evolution is how life on earth IS. There hasn’t been a real dispute about that for more than a century. Where have they been? Someone take them to the zoo or hand them an issue of Nature journal.
So far, the standards have not been changed to suit the nonsense ramblings of the legislators. Meanwhile, YOU can do something by supporting the NCSE.