If this bill which is supposed to be introduced, this coming March 2009, and is passed into law, we will certainly see another Dover type case where a judge is going to decide what the science standards are. Special interests groups who are proponents of evolution, would like to see bills like these go away, never attempted again, after the 2005 court case which was about the validity of intelligent design being a science.
Currently, Florida’s public schools are moving on as normal even with this bill in the works…
“In classrooms, little has changed since the Board of Education’s evolution decision, said David Campbell, a science teacher at Orange Park’s Ridgeview High who helped write the new science standards. School districts will put them into practice over the next few years, giving students time to incorporate the knowledge as they take the science FCAT exam in 11th grade. In addition, textbooks need to be developed and paid for, and teachers need to be trained, though he wonders where the money will come from for that.”
Cottle called the controversy over evolution a “strange component in the culture wars.” He said he’s met biology teachers who are constantly challenged by students who refuse to accept evolution, which – far from being “just a theory” – is accepted by the vast majority of scientists.
“It’s like students have been put up to it by their pastors,” he said. “And I’m sure there are cases of religious students feeling harassed because they’re being asked to study this.” Jacksonville News
What does Cottle think, students are mindless or what? Is why some evolutionists want to teach weaknesses in evolution at the college level because they feel it wouldn’t affect them as much as at the lower grades? A poll conducted in the UK, said 51 percent did not believe in the theory of evolution, and out of those, only a small portion were churchgoers. So the vast opposition towards evolution in the UK is coming from secularists.
I applaud students who dare to question evolution. I don’t feel as though students are going to an assembly (church) where the Pastor decides this week or month, he”ll have the members of the local assembly who are students display disbelief in evolution. What I do believe is happening, science is progressing, it’s finding things that gives the vast theories of evolution a problem, and it also points to a designer rather than naturalism. Students of the past never had such access to information as they do now. So instead of being force fed something they do not believe in, they stand up for what they believe in.
The bill should require teaching the weakness of all scientific theories including evolution. I understand requiring intelligent design, as a way to allure more students who are wary of evolution to a more acceptable (but not totally accepted) alternative.