The Orlando Sentinel has published an editorial opposing Sen. Wise’s “non-evolution” “theory of whatever”:
Among scientists, the idea of teaching “nonevolution” in public schools would be dismissed as nonsense. But in Tallahassee, just such a bill sponsored by Rep. Stephen Wise has its supporters. This is, after all, a state that only three years ago started officially referring to “evolution” instead of “biological change over time.”
It’s enough to make anyone who values science plenty nervous. Wise (gulp) also happens to be chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
Wise reportedly asked, “Why do we still have apes if we came from them” — even though anthropologists and other scientists long ago proved man and apes share common ancestry. Wise would have our schools teach evolution and “nonevolution” — creationist-based theory — “at the same time.”
Florida has enough challenges getting its kids educated. It doesn’t need another one — this one — from Wise.
And a Florida Times-Union opinion blog also says the bill is a bad idea.
It’s a little more than disturbing that the legislator playing a key role in shaping Florida’s public education policy, Sen. Stephen Wise, is challenging how evolution is taught.
Besides being the Senate sponsor for the whack-the-teachers bill the Legislature just passed, Wise is behind legislation that would require that what he calls “non-evolution” also be taught in the classroom.
So how does Wise explain his disagreement with the theory of evolution?
In a 2009 radio interview, he put it this way: “Why do we still have apes if we came from them?”