• Kentucky GOP Outraged by Students Learning Science

    One problem with setting education standards across 50 separate states, our smallpox laboratories of democracy, is the difficulty of comparing outcomes across state lines. To solve that problem, Senate Republicans in Kentucky pushed through legislation in 2009 that hired the firm ACT to create a statewide exam linking Kentucky tests to national standards.

    And what happens when you go with ACT, the safety school of college admissions testing? They go out and ask college professors what students need to be learning, to which the professors reply: science stuff

    The new requirements – college-readiness testing, end-of-course exams and more national norms – are part of Senate Bill 1, a 2009 bill developed and pushed by Senate Republicans to marry Kentucky's testing program to national standards for better comparisons of student success.

    "Republicans did want the end-of-course tests tied to national norms; now they're upset because when ACT surveyed biology professors across the nation, they said students have to have a thorough knowledge of evolution to do well in college biology courses," said Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, chairman of the House Education Committee.

    In essence, when these GOP Senators recognized that "marrying" Kentucky tests to national standards would entail teaching evolution, they declared the whole thing an unholy gay marriage…

    Another committee member, Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, said he had a problem with evolution being an important part of biology standards.

    "The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science – Darwin made it up," Waide said. "My objection is they should ensure whatever scientific material is being put forth as a standard should at least stand up to scientific method. Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny."

    That's it! No more scientific theories "made up" by people. I'm looking at you, Newton and Einstein.

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    Tags: Education, Evolution, Science & Technology


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