Kansas approves new science standards


The Kansas school board has approved new multistate science standards for public schools that treat evolution and climate change as key concepts to be taught from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The State Board of Education voted 8-2 on Tuesday for standards developed by Kansas, 25 other states and the National Research Council. The new guidelines are designed to shift the emphasis to doing hands-on projects and experiments and blending material about engineering and technology into lessons.

Kansas uses its standards to develop statewide tests to judge how well schools are teaching, which in turn influence what happens in classrooms.

“I can concentrate on teaching processes — teaching kids how to think like scientists,” said Cheryl Shepherd-Adams, a physics teacher at Hays High School who traveled to Topeka to publicly endorse the new standards as vice president of Kansas Citizens for Science.

“I'm more concerned whether they can design and analyze an experiment. That's what science is all about.”


Written By: Associated Press
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  1. @OP – The Kansas school board has approved new multistate science standards for public schools that treat evolution and climate change as key concepts to be taught from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

    Good progress for the objective scientific consensus and scientific methodology being a key part of the curriculum. It needs to spread to some of the rednecks in other states.

    I see there are classic cases of psychological projection of personal ignorance, bigotry and irrationality by a minority.

    @ link – One of the board’s dissenters, Ken Willard, a Hutchinson Republican, criticized the standards for what he saw as their lack of objectivity on evolution and climate change, which he said are presented “dogmatically.” The other no vote came from board member John Bacon, an Olathe Republican.

    “This non-objective, unscientific approach to education standards amounts to little more than indoctrination in political correctness,” Willard said.

    This brain-in-backwards idiot does not know “objectivity” from “bigotry”, and is so uneducated that he thinks pseudo-science is science! (Objective science is very “unpseudo-scientific”!)

    During a public comment session, Rex Powell, a retired Spring Hill business and organizational consultant, said the new standards promote “an atheistic worldview.”

    Scientific understanding and rational thinking, tend to do that.

    Powell is a member of Citizens for Objective Public Education, which formed last year to contest the new standards.

    He is a liar – well into 1984 style “Newspeak”. “Objective” = “conforms with my biases”. (+ objective education = teaching unevidenced faith-thinking) – A score of zero for objectivity, for this pseudo-expert poser spouting on “objectivity” which he cannot even recognise! (Dunning-Kruger classic)

    “They are standards for religious indoctrination rather than objective science education,” Powell said.

    If there was any doubt about the uneducated ignorance, of these backwards-thinking, posing clowns, once they open their mouths all doubt is removed!

  2. When I saw the headline, I thought “Uh oh. I wonder what shit fundagelicals have managed to wangle in this time.”.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see some good news for once.

  3. Wow. Just… wow. I am speechless. In Kansas no less. There is hope for the country after all.

  4. I agree with bot Alan 4 and BenS, however, trepidation is my overwhelming feeling. I fear that no matter what passes or fails at the board of ed meetings, the everyday practices in the actual classrooms are what matters. What is the fallout for a teacher who is out of compliance?

    Do not lose sight of the fact that it is children and their futures which are at stake here. And, although this appears to be a step in the right direction (and it is), the everyday running of the science classrooms MUST change.

  5. Perhaps someone could post the email address for the Kansas Board of Education, so those inclined could drop them a note.

  6. Wow. as a parent with 3 kids at a school that insists on “science experiments” every year, I can tell you that what passes for science for these projects is laughable…actually it’s more “cryable” because it isn’t funny in the slightest. And this is in a liberal part of the US. If anyone wants more info google “KIC science project”.

  7. I like the physics teacher who said she wants to teach children “how to think like scientists”. Critical thinking skills are crucial in math, science, and life in general; if more kids were taught how to think instead of what to think, there’d be far fewer religious nutjobs and ignoramuses in positions of power in this country. Maybe at least some of her students will question their religion and see how illogical it is and what tragic consequences it can have for all life on the planet.

  8. It would be interesting to know more about these IDiots. A coincidence-map (are there any?) of where there is legislative support for the misrepresentation of science overlaid on, for instance, strongly supported scientific education, or proportion of a population who are Baptists, might give us an overview or provide some interesting possible correlates. From this side of the Atlantic (UK) it’s difficult to evaluate by area and because of that comes across rather anecdotally.

    It’s an encouraging sign but what about the war?

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