Ron Matus, of The St. Petersburg Times education blog the Gradebook, gives an early report on the public meeting in Jacksonville about the new draft science standards. Matus makes of note of the attendance; evolution and science defenders took this meeting seriously. Way to go, folks!
More than 120 people gathered at a public hearing in Jacksonville tonight to weigh in on the state’s proposed new science standards, which embrace Darwin’s theory of evolution as the pillar of modern biology. And though Darwin’s doubters were there in good numbers, they appeared to be far outnumbered by his defenders.
That’s not to say that the anti-evolution crowd didn’t have their say. Matus picked some real winners to quote.
“In my life time, I’ve never seen an ape turned into a human. I’ve never seen us come from slime,” said Ruth Klingman, who identified herself on the sign-in sheet as a former educator.
“I don’t think evolution should be taught in school as dogmatic fact,” agreed Gary Tupper. “I wish people had priorities like putting Christ first.”
Matus also wonders how this mess will end.
Where all this goes is still anybody’s guess. Some observers suspect the Legislature may enter the fray. Some can smell a lawsuit.
Regardless of where this winds up, Florida Citizens for Science thanks you all for showing up and making your voices heard in support of quality science education. Don’t stop, though! We have to keep this up all the way through to the state board of education meeting Feb. 19. Never lose sight of the fact that at least two board members have publicly expressed their desire to see some “alternatives” taught alongside evolution. Beside them, there are too many other unknowns. For instance, this Associated Press article mentions the board chairman:
Board chairman T. Willard Fair, who heads the Urban League of Greater Miami, said he’s never received more correspondence on a single issue, but he declined to discuss his views.