Kansas Outlaws Teaching of Evolution in Schools (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: The Kansas State Board of Education, containing a majority of Christian conservative members, attracted national and international attention when it adopted new science standards that omitted references to several evolutionary concepts.
Evolution and Creationism
On August 14, 1999, the Kansas State Board of Education voted 6 to 4 to adopt a new set of science standards that minimized the teaching of certain evolutionary concepts in the Kansas public schools. Statewide student assessment tests are based on the science standards, which set forth what students should learn.
The teaching of the theory of evolution in public schools has been a major controversy for many years not only in Kansas but also in other states such as California, Texas, Ohio, and Michigan. Evolution, a scientific theory developed by Charles Darwin and others, contends that Earth is billions of years old and that the various life-forms evolved through the process of natural selection. However, some Christian groups oppose the teaching of the theory of evolution in public schools and feel that “creationism,” the biblical story of how the earth and its life-forms came into existence, should be taught instead of or in addition to the scientific theory. Numerous courts have forbidden the teaching of creationism in public schools, declaring it unconstitutional. Critics charge that conservative Christians are attempting to...
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