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Kansas Raises Its Educational Bar: Other States Expected to Follow

Original post made by Frank Baum on Feb 20, 2013

With the Kansas State Board of Education preparing to vote on new science standards this year, the House Education Committee has introduced a bill asking schools to include evidence against climate change in science classes.

House Bill 2306, introduced last week, says science classes must "provide information to students of scientific evidence which both supports and counters a scientific theory or hypothesis."

The bill says instruction about "scientific controversies" should be objective and include "both the strengths and weaknesses of such scientific theory or hypothesis." The only controversy identified in the bill is "climate science."

Asked repeatedly what objective evidence might be used as counter to prevalent theories of global warming, Committe members refused to say and instead looked down at their shoes until one mentioned his cousin Eddy Rigglesford in Maine who said they had a colder than usual winter last year.

At least one other bill currently in the Education Committee would mandate changes in Kansas' curriculum standards.

That bill would force the State Board of Education to abandon math and English standards that it adopted in 2010. Too many of these standards are thought to obstruct students' Christian religious beliefs and training regimens.

Under Article VI of the Constitution, the State Board of Education has "general supervision of public schools, educational institutions and all the educational interests of the state" except matters covered by the Kansas Board of Regents.

The board sets standards for teaching various subjects, though decisions on specific curriculums are left to local school boards.

Comments (4)

Posted by I hope..., a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Feb 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I hope we include global warming in our Science standards. I saw an interview with the Japanese Prime Minister last year and he laughed hysterically when a reporter asked him if he believed in global warming. His response was something such as "This is a dead issue in Japan. We look at Science and Science says it is fact". Web Link

Americans are so selfish. Can't get rid of their goodies for the better of the planet.


Posted by Koch Brother, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Teach the controversy -- at least until the tide comes in.


Posted by Frank Baum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm

... and pay no attention to those once-in-a-century storms and droughts and floods and fires that are now occurring about once a year. And please, please, why can't we elevate Fox news commentators and paid off 'analysts' onto the same plane as science in order to legitimize the controversy? Who cares what science says, Eddie Rigglesford in Maine says otherwise.


Posted by Neil, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." Neil deGrasse Tyson


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