The Washington County school board — yes, another county in North Florida — is apparently the latest school board to adopt an anti-evolution resolution. Unfortunately, the school system website doesn’t list board meeting agendas anywhere that I could find. I found out about the resolution through one of my regular search engine sweeps. The resolution is mentioned in the local paper, The Chipley Bugle:
In other action, the board approved a resolution concerning the proposed Sunshine State Standards for Science. The resolution urges the State Board of Education to direct the Florida Department of Education to revise the new Sunshine State Standards for Science such that evolution is not presented as fact, but as one of several theories.
This discovery falls in line with The Gradebook blog’s report that there could be as many as 12 to 14 resolutions passed by local school boards by the time the state board of education meets in February. Makes you wonder what Wayne Blanton, executive director of the Florida School Boards Association, knows that the rest of us don’t. And how does he know it?
By my count, there are now nine counties with anti-evolution resolutions: Baker, Clay, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Madison, St. Johns, Taylor, and Washington. Nassua could make 10 if their resolution is passed tomorrow.
[edited to add the following] The Gradebook post has been expanded into a full story. It’s amazing how many of these school board members and superintendents think they are scientists. I mean, they have to be scientists in order to speak with such authority, right? Take this example:
Evolution is “going to be taught as fact, and everyone knows it’s not fact,” said Dennis Bennett, the superintendent in Dixie County, west of Gainesville. “There’s holes in it you can drive a truck through.”
What does Bennett base this assertion on? His extensive training and experience in the field of biology? No. I doubt he’s even touched a biology book in decades. Everyone knows it’s not fact? O.K., so what about these folks, Bennett … why hasn’t word spread to them yet?
Scores of scientific societies and organizations have issued statements in support of evolution, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association.
Yes, scores of scientific societies and organizations is right. And where are you getting your information from, Bennett?
“We just wanted to get it on the record that we’re a Judeo-Christian community and we believe in academic freedom,” Bennett said.
“We’re not asking that evolution not be taught, just that it be taught as a theory, one of several,” said Ken Hall, a School Board member in Madison County, east of Tallahassee. “I’m a Christian. And I believe I was created by God, and that I didn’t come from an amoeba or a monkey.”