Thursday, September 14, 2006

 

Michigan State Board of Education Puts Politics Ahead of Science

Detroit Free Press Editorial: The Michigan State Board of Education has done a disservice to science and to high school science teachers by delaying adoption of the science portion of Michigan's new requirements for high school graduation. The board voted 6-2 Tuesday (September 12, 2006) in favor of a delay requested by state legislators who are pushing faith-based alternatives to the theory of evolution.

This is just another attempt to keep a door open to teaching creationism or intelligent design. The board should have closed it, as science teachers requested. Board members get elected to make decisions, not to defer to political pressure.

The delay was requested by the chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees to accommodate Republican state Representatives Jack Hoogendyk of Kalamazoo and John Moolenaar of Midland, who want a key wording change inserted into the policy. [News]

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