Avoiding another culture war on the Kansas Board of Education
Avoiding another culture war on the Kansas Board of EducationKansasCity.com - 7/31/2010 - originalRemember when Kansas was a national, heck, international laughingstock because of the state Board of Education stance on teaching creationism as an alternative to evolution in science classes?
It wasn’t that long ago, and it was a mistake that must not be repeated. Ottawa’s Dennis George gives the 3rd District, which includes southern Johnson County, the best chance of avoiding another culture war.
His opponent, longtime incumbent John Bacon of Olathe, wants to pull the board back to the bad old days. Bacon notes that evolutionary theory is “not neutral and very much supports non-theistic religious beliefs.”
He ignores responsible mainstream support for scientific theory, constantly questioned and revised, and overwhelmingly accepted in academia. Kansas students deserve to be prepared properly for college, and college admissions, if that’s their future choice.
George is a longtime advocate for quality education, and sees the seat for what it is — a chance to improve the education for Kansas schoolchildren.
Kansas' evolution debate just keeps evolving