Next Generation Science Standards In Kentucky Draw Hostility From R...

Supporters and opponents of the Next Generation Science Standards sparred during hearings in Kentuc..., as critics took issue with the standards’ teaching of evolution and climate change.

The new standards were developed with input from officials in 26 states –- including Kentucky –- and are part of an effort to make science curricula more uniform across the country. While supporters feel the standards will help beat back scientific ignorance, some religious groups take issue because the standards treat evolution as fact and talk about the human role in ....

The horror! The horror! That we should teach a fact as a fact is horrendous, egregious, and makes baby Jesus cry.

I still have difficulty grasping that in 2013, we still debate these issues....and I keep asking that question, here, to myself, to others, and even to my dog. I decided to read on...and this prompted the reason for this post.

Matt Singleton, a Baptist minister, is one of the opponents who spoke to the board about why the standards should not be adopted, according to The Courier-Journal. “Outsiders are telling public school families that we must follow the rich man’s elitist religion of evolution, that we no longer have what the Kentucky Constitution says is the right to worship almighty God,” Singleton said.(emphasis mine)

Interesting that 'Pastor' Singleton thinks that evolution is 1) a religion and 2) a "rich man's" religion. I'm curious as to what he thinks of the rich man's elitist GOP...the party of god afterall...and their constand disregard of the teachings of this Jesus fellow? The contrast is staggering, and yet most of the evangelicals and super-conservatives that I know just can't see it.

Note: This is my fist cross post from Chop Shop to Think Atheist. I'll be crossposting select religion and atheism related posts in the futur as well.

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Comment by Dr. Bob on July 30, 2013 at 5:22pm

Sigh.  A number of colleagues, especially Helen Quinn, were involved in the NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards.  I think it's a really ambitious effort, especially the introduction of engineering to the K-12 curriculum in the U.S. for the first time.It is being blocked by ignorant tea-partiers in many states at the moment, even outside of the fundamentalist enclaves of the U.S. southern states.  That is phenomenally frustrating for all those of us who were involved in their development in one form or another.To add a rich irony to the mix and provide a glimmer of hope, though, you should know that the State of Kansas was one of the very first to adopt the new standards.  Evolution, climate change and all.

Comment by H3xx on July 30, 2013 at 8:35pm


Apparently neither does spelling.

On the subject however, this is to be expected. The reason these religious zealots are so peeved is that their plan to further indoctrinate children while they're in school will be countered by children actually learning how to think. It pisses me off when I hear the term Religious Children. No child is religious, because they aren't old enough to know what that means. If a child under the age of 15 seems religious, it usually means that they are being pressured by their families. It's this fighting against a decent public education system that is why American Students do so poorly when compared to students of other industrialized nations. It's simply ridiculous.


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