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      Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 13:40:04 EDT
      Subject: Defeat for Creation Science
      Message-ID: <d3.81ca407.26bc59f4@...>

      Thought you might be interested in the following that I received from
      People
      for the American Way


      >KANSANS REBUKE EDUCATION OFFICIALS WHO WEAKENED SCIENCE EDUCATION
      >STANDARDS
      >
      >In yesterday's Republican primary, citizens of Kansas ousted two
      >ultraconservative members of the state's board of education who voted
      >last year to de-emphasize the teaching of evolution in the public
      >schools.
      >
      >"Republican voters in Kansas have stood up to those who sought to
      >force their religious beliefs into science classrooms," said People
      >For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas. "This is a victory for
      >Kansas children, who should not be deprived of one of the most
      >important cornerstones of modern science. Teaching biology without
      >evolution is like teaching civics without the Constitution."
      >
      >"Today's vote is also a signal to education officials everywhere
      >that Americans want science taught in our science classrooms," Neas
      >said. "Public schools should respect students' religious beliefs
      >without compromising the quality of education."
      >
      >Yesterday, Republican primary voters defeated two members of the 10-
      >member Kansas Board of Education in favor of moderates who campaigned
      >against the science standards adopted by a 6-4 vote on Aug. 11, 1999;
      >another moderate won a primary for the seat of a retiring supporter
      >of the standards. Those science-testing standards excluded
      >macroevolution, the theory that different species can have common
      >ancestors, and removed mention of the age of the Earth and the big-
      >bang theory of the origin of the universe. The new moderate board
      >majority is expected to replace those standards.
      >
      >Linda Holloway, the chairwoman of the board, and Mary Douglas Brown
      >were two of six members who supported the new standards, which are
      >being used to develop tests to be given to students in spring 2001.
      >Holloway, who raised $74,000 in defense of her seat, was trounced 60%
      >to 40% by Sue Gamble, a moderate who campaigned against the science-
      >testing standards. Carol Rupe defeated conservative Mary Douglas
      >Brown by a margin of 52% to 48%. Bruce Wyatt, a moderate who favors
      >reworking the science standards, defeated conservative Brad Angell
      >58% to 43%.
      >
      >The board's science standards were formed with the help of Tom
      >Willis, president of the Creation Science Association, which
      >advocates the teaching of the biblical creation story in public
      >school classrooms. Religious Right leaders had praised the standards
      >and education officials in other states had begun constructing
      >similar ones.
      >
      >Last year, People For the American Way Foundation had urged the
      >Kansas Board of Education to defeat the new standards, saying they
      >would undermine children's education and raise potential
      >constitutional problems, since they discouraged the teaching of
      >evolution and encouraged the injection of creation theology into
      >science classes.
      >
      >Neas congratulated Kansas educators, parents and the two grassroots
      >groups, Mainstream Coalition and Kansas Citizens for Science, who
      >mobilized on behalf of the state's schoolchildren.
      >
      >PFAW conducted voter identification and turnout efforts in support
      >of board of education candidates who advocated educational standards
      >based on scientific consensus, not religious dogma.
      >
      >______________________________________________________________________
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