Gov. Ducey supports ‘evolution’ remaining part of Arizona science standards

May 29, 2018

By Howard Fischer

PHOENIX — Evolution should remain part of the science standards for Arizona public high schools, despite what is being proposed by the state’s top school official, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday.

“I believe in God,” the governor said Monday after a Memorial Day ceremony in Phoenix.

“I believe God created humanity,” he continued. “And I believe there are evolutionary forces at work in nature.”

Ducey said he does not see religion and evolution as mutually exclusive.

“So evolution will remain part of the education curriculum,” he said, with schools free to teach various religious theories elsewhere of how life on earth developed, like courses on literature or the history of religion.

Ducey’s comments come as Diane Douglas, the state superintendent of public instruction, is proposing to eliminate multiple reference to evolution entirely from existing high school science standards, replacing them with terms like “biological diversity” and phrases like “how traits within populations change over time.”

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One comment on “Gov. Ducey supports ‘evolution’ remaining part of Arizona science standards”

  • @OP – PHOENIX — Evolution should remain part of the science standards for Arizona public high schools, despite what is being proposed by the state’s top school official, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday.

    In a scientifically educated 21st. century, being a creationist should rate a person as unqualified to be involved in formulating the science curriculum!

    Evolution should not need this sort of defending!
    Such unevidenced creationist claims should simply be dismissed!

    “I believe God created humanity,” he continued. “And I believe there are evolutionary forces at work in nature.”

    Ducey said he does not see religion and evolution as mutually exclusive.

    Which of course means, he has no actual understanding of the mechanisms of evolution which need to be taught!

    Science should certainly NOT need to be defended by appeals to theist authority or theisticallly fudged claims amounting to, “evolution happened, but I believe God-did-it” some how or other!

    This sort of thinking has NOTHING to do with evidence or scientific methodology!



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