Kentucky education officials' consideration of Next Generation Science Standards gained national attention last month when The Huffington Post and others picked up on criticism of evolution and climate change during a public hearings on the matter.
Here's the latest:
The Kentucky Board of Education on Thursday rejected that public opposition and approved a final report from the education department on the new science standards.
Some people were concerned about teaching students evolution. But state officials says evolution is already included in the current set of standards. Further, in the statement of consideration approved Thursday, officials say there’s enough scientific research supporting evolution.
Officials also rejected claims that creationism should be included and that climate change should be removed.
Again, they cite the research. (Click here to read the SOC report).
The state received thousands of responses during the public comment period. A petition with 3,700 names was signed in support of the standards, and Kentucky education officials include several scientific organizations that have shown their support. At the same time, the state received over one-hundred identical emails that opposed inclusion of evolution and characterized it as a theory and not a fact.
Written By: Devin Katayamacontinue to source article at wfpl.org