Biology test omits creation theory, complains Kentucky educator
The whole Darwin thing can still be a tad controversial in Kentucky, a state that hosts a high-tech, Bible-centered, natural-history-style museum that asserts that the Earth is roughly 6,000 years old.
In Hart County, about an hour and 20 minutes south of Louisville, the local school superintendent is now expressing his frustration that a new state biology test is, in his opinion, treating evolution as a fact, rather than a theory.
He also charges that the test is omitting the “creation story” that cites God as the originator of the universe.
The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jim Warren reported Tuesday that Superintendent Ricky D. Line raised the objections in emails and letters to the state education commissioner and education board.
“I have a very difficult time believing that we have come to a point … that we are teaching evolution … as a factual occurrence, while totally omitting the creation story by a God who is bigger than all of us,” he wrote, according to the newspaper. “My feeling is if the Commonwealth’s site-based councils, school board members, superintendents and parents were questioned … one would find this teaching contradictory to the majority’s belief systems.”
I’d like to belatedly add that I am a person of faith in God and in the immortal soul. But I do not want ancient texts to be presented as current educational/scientific thought. There is a good reason we have bible class or Sunday school or (fill in various faiths educational ways) in elementary or high school.
Religion is for the home and place of worship. lets teachers teach, preachers preach and parents be parents. Atheists can parent as they wish. Separate and essential.