he real story about the new science standards in Kansas’ public schools
regarding evolution has been remarkably misreported by most of the
On August 11, the state board of education did not delete evolution from its
public schools. Even Time magazine got it wrong this week (Aug. 23 edition)
when it declared that evolution had been “expunged” from the curriculum.
The opposite is true. For example, standard 3 in the “Life Sciences” section
of the new standards states: “As a result of their activities in grades
9-12, all students should develop an understanding of...biological
evolution...” (p. 79). Evolution is also mentioned in many other sections of
the standards. Students are expected to know evolution as it relates to
adaptation, natural selection, genetic drift, and mutations.
The board did decide that it would not test students at the state level on
what they know about evolution. Because Kansas is a strong local-control
state, the decision on whether to test students on evolution is left to the
local districts. The state board also decided that it will not mandate the
teaching of the origins of the universe, but that instructors have the
academic freedom to teach macro-evolution if they choose to do so.
The Kansas effort was thus only a mild attempt to de-emphasize the current
intensive, one-sided indoctrination program of evolution in Kansas public
“We nevertheless believe that the slightly modified standards will help
students develop their critical thinking skills,” declared Ken Ham,
executive director of the Bible-defending ministry of Answers in Genesis.
“Students will learn what a scientific theory is, how it can be developed,
and the limitations of science in studying the unobservable and unrepeatable
past. The bottom line is that students will be better able to decide for
themselves whether or not evolution is true or false.”
“The creation vs. evolution debate is much more than an academic exercise,”
continued Ham. “As we were quoted in the Washington Post and the New York
Times, if our students are being taught that they are just animals in an
evolutionary struggle for survival, are we surprised that they find no
meaning or purpose in life? Should we then be shocked that this sense of
hopelessness and meaninglessness leads to things like school violence and
The new standards are available online at:
Answers in Genesis has Ph.D. scientists on its full-time and adjunct staff
with doctorate degrees from major universities. These researchers reject the
evolution model of origins and embrace Genesis Creation. They are calling
for the media to print retractions for misreporting the Kansas story.
One AiG scientist, Dr. Jonathan Sarfati (Ph.D., chemistry), has recently
written a devastating critique of evolution called “Refuting Evolution.” AiG
understands that some of the school board members read the book before the
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