Thursday, February 28, 2008

Florida Adds 'Evolution' to Statewide Science Standards

Florida’s state board of education today approved science standards that for the first time refer specifically to the theory of evolution, and give what many supporters say is a more coherent and concise treatment to important topics across science.

The board adopted the new document by a 4-3 vote, after making a change to the language that seemed aimed at mollifying criticism from Florida parents and religious organizations.

That change inserts the words “scientific theory of” before various references to evolution and other major scientific concepts, such as the Big Bang in cosmology, and plate tectonics in geology. A second alteration adds the words “law of” in front of other terms, such as gravity and the conservation of mass.

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