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Rebuking creationists and climate change deniers, Kentucky Board of Education approves new science standards

In a stark rebuke of creationists and climate change deniers this Thursday, the Kentucky Board of Education voted to approve new science standards that enforce the teaching of evolution and climate science in the state’s schools.

In a stark rebuke of creationists and climate change deniers this Thursday, the Kentucky Board of Education voted to approve new science standards that enforce the teaching of evolution and climate science in the state’s schools.

For a lengthy period, opponents of the standards fought hard against the recent rulings, calling them “fascist” and “atheistic,” and that they promoted a “socialistic” way of thinking that leads to “genocide” and “murder.” But the board rejected those characterizations and argued that the standards are essential in ensuring that Kentuckians can compete with the rest of the nation.

According to a report from WFPL, the Board addressed the controversy over evolution and said that there is nothing more to discuss since it is already included in the current set of science standards. In addition, the Board clarified that evolution is a “fundamental, unifying theory that underlies all life sciences,” and that there is no “significant ongoing debate within the scientific community” about its legitimacy. The Board also rejected appeals to include creationism as an “alternative” theory in the curriculum.

Board members also supported the idea of including climate change studies within the new standards.

The Board’s go-ahead of the standards must now be approved by the state’s Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee and House and Senate education committees. There is still uncertainty as to whether the standards will meet further opposition.

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  1. Kenneth Gallaher

    August 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Can you imagine anyone admitting these kids to a good college or offering them a job if they are taught religious crackpot science?

  2. Jim S

    August 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Amazing that those from the land of right wing radicalism standard bearers Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell would do something right! HOORAY!

    VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS IN 2014!

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  4. radiomankc

    August 11, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Now that they’re done with the foolishness, they can set about helping young people learn how to read well, do science well, and prepare for COLLEGE. Too many KY kids are not college ready and have to PAY to take remedial classes at places like Western Kentucky. High schools need to find out from colleges just how bad the problem is! No one will be more honest that the colleges who have to give the bad news to kids who thought skating through school would prepare them.

    Rude awakening when your high schools give you passable grades for failing work!

  5. joe

    August 11, 2013 at 4:48 am

    MALKIN ARE U IMMIGRANT ?
    HOW ABOUT TRUMP ? SLAVIK ?

  6. JOE

    August 11, 2013 at 4:50 am

    JINDAL U LOOK LIKE EU DICTATOR FROM THE PAST CENTURY…..U NEED A STASH

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  8. Debby Berg

    August 11, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Oh thank the fates for this! I have just about lost hope that there were any people left in the sourthern tier states that weren’t stuck in the 16th century. It seems as if, slowly but certainly, the administration has found the drugs to make the inmates pliable enough to get control of them. They may be back in their padded cells before 2014 mid terms after all!

  9. John Hutcheson

    August 11, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Well done, Kentucky!

  10. Miguel

    August 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    ” … the standards must now be approved by the state’s Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee and House and Senate education committees.”

    READ: They’ll never see the light of day.

  11. Bob Cull

    August 11, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Amazing, the state that gave us Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell is actually going to join us in the 21st century, at least as far a science is concerned! I would have expected them to be good with the dumbed down, mythical version of science which Texas wants in the textbooks.

    One thought occurred to me listening to the snippet from the science denier, well actually two thoughts. The first was how is teaching science an “infringement” on anyone’s religious freedom? They are not telling them that they must teach it in Sunday School, they are still free to teach mythology there, they do not have the right to impose it on others in a science classroom. My second concern was that he objected to being forced to teach his home schooled children science. What?! If he does not want his children to learn science, I question his ability to “home school” anyone.

    I have always been under the impression that home schoolers are required to follow the same curriculum as any other school, that the only flexibility they have is in hours and location of classes. The guy in this video seemed to be suggesting that he had been teaching his children what he wanted them to know and not bothering with what he considered to be heresy. That is a form of child abuse.

  12. RDS

    August 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    So evolution and climate science are “socialistic”? How restarded can people be? Kudos to the Kentucky Board of Education for rejecting the idiots and joining the 21st century.

  13. Kim B

    August 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Totally agree, Bob. Well said. As a mother of two school-aged students in/from Kentucky, I totally understand why the rest of the country believes we are uneducated barefoot hillbillies. Our public school system is pathetic. I find they are no longer teaching basic fundamentals in school that I learned in the 80’s, such as memorizing multiplication tables. Teaching theory in school is fine, as long as the evidence behind it is presented as well. This teaches critical thinking, which is absolutely necessary to a well-rounded, educated adult. Evolution? A theory, yes, with tons of scientific backing. Creationism? Another theory with nutcase backing. Ok, Jane, which do you think is more likely?

  14. Bob Cull

    August 13, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Actually, Kim, when it comes to basics like manually doing math computations that is pretty much universal today. Not too long ago one of my grandchildren heard a temperature given in Celsius and asked what that was in Fahrenheit. My granddaughter whipped out her calculator and started to do the conversion, I swear Her jaw bounced three times off the floor when I gave them the right answer before she could punch it into the calculator. She couldn’t understand how I could do it in my head, she had never even considered trying to do it.

    As for scientific “theory” we continue to refer to something known to be scientific fact as “theory” only because we do not yet fully understand all of the mechanics involved. We know that evolution has occurred and continues to occur, we just don’t have a full understanding of it yet, but we are getting close.

    Creation, on the other hand has absolutely zero evidence to back it up, it has to be taken entirely on faith. That is not science and has no place in a science classroom. If they want to teach it let them put it where it belongs, in a comparative religion class.

  15. Gary Smith

    August 13, 2013 at 5:21 am

    “that they promoted a “socialistic” way of thinking that leads to “genocide” and “murder.”” – yeah, because religion (creationist reasoning) has never been used as an excuse to kill another human being, said no one ever.

  16. steve rosenberger (@stvrsnbrgr)

    August 22, 2013 at 8:00 am

    When it comes to the teabaggers, it seems the body politic has a way of shutting them down. C’mon Kentucky. #DitchMitch, elect Alison Grimes to the Senate. And then put the certifiable Rand Paul out to pasture in 2016. #TurnKYblue

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