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Jason Spaceman

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 14 2006,04:38   

Guidelines violate church-state separation, association believes

By Scott Rothschild (Contact)
Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Topeka — Kansas science teachers have struck a defiant stance against the science standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science believe the science standards violate the separation of religion and government by promoting the teaching in public school science classes of intelligent design, an idea that science shows the existence of a creator.

“By redefining science in the Kansas Science Education Standards, the KSBE is promoting intelligent design tenets that purport supernatural explanations as valid scientific theories,” the association said Monday.

In November, the State Board of Education voted 6-4 for science standards that criticize evolution. The decision came after months of often contentious debate.

The association urges science teachers to continue to “not attribute natural phenomena to supernatural causation” and to teach students about the evidence for evolutionary theory and refute the “so-called evidence against evolution.”

Read it here.

The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science position statement on the new standards is here.

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