Mike O’Risal at Hyphoid Logic points out that there is trouble brewing in Maine.
I think the following from the news report conveys the essence:
Director Matthew Linkletter claims evolution is an unprovable theory and shouldn’t be taught as fact. He’s urged the SAD 59 Board of Directors to consider his view during its May 19 meeting in Madison, with a goal of removing evolution from science classrooms.
But David Connerty-Marin of the Department of Education says evolution must be taught because, in the state’s view, it’s a proven science.
“For our students to be prepared for college work and life in the 21st century, it’s necessary,” said Connerty-Marin.
Connerty-Marin said the Maine Learning Results program mandates the study of evolution in public science classes.
You have a local school board seeking to overturn statewide standards concerning teaching of evolutionary science, with typical “equal time” and “balanced treatment” claims being made here.
The state of play has progressed since 1987′s Edwards v. Aguillard ruling, though. Now, the federal government under the “No Child Left Behind” law will withhold federal funds from schools whose students do not perform to the adopted state science standards. That means that if the state has evolutionary science in its science standards, efforts to exclude it from the classrooms and tests means that the schools involved are saying they they don’t want the monetary support that comes from compliance.
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