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Evolution Debate Seems Destined to Continue in South Carolina

This just in, the South Carolina Board of Education has rejected new science standards language that would have called for students to critically analyze evolution in their biology classes.

According to the Charlotte Observer:

The primary change the EOC had asked for was to add the words in italics to the standard governing the teaching of evolution: “The student will demonstrate an understanding of biological evolution and the diversity of life by using data from a variety of scientific sources to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.”

Apparently, even modest language like this was opposed by the Darwinian education establishment.

Where the South Carolina debate over how to teach evolution is headed now is somewhat unclear, but it doesn’t seem that it will be going away any time soon.

Rep. Bob Walker, a Spartanburg Republican and a member of the EOC, urged the board to add the phrasing so students can talk about the holes in Darwin’s theories on evolution and natural selection. He presented the state board with a letter signed by 67 members of the House, which in part said the Legislature may intervene if the board rejects the EOC’s recommendation to add the “critically analyze” phrasing.

State Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum says the vote means the state will continue to use its old evolution-only teaching guidelines until this issue is resolved.

Robert Crowther, II

Robert Crowther holds a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in public affairs and 20 years experience as a journalist, publisher, and brand marketing and media relations specialist. From 1994-2000 he was the Director of Public and Media Relations for Discovery Institute overseeing most aspects of communications for each of the Institute's major programs. In addition to handling public and media relations he managed the Institute's first three books to press, Justice Matters by Roberta Katz, Speaking of George Gilder edited by Frank Gregorsky, and The End of Money by Richard Rahn.