Most GOP candidates for top Arizona schools post support teaching creationism

Aug 7, 2018

By Ricardo Cano

Four out of the five Republican candidates running for state superintendent of public instruction said they believe Arizona students should be taught creationism and intelligent design as part of science learning requirements.

The candidates’ comments came during Wednesday night’s debate hosted by The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.

Jonathan Gelbart was the sole Republican candidate who opposed teaching students creationism and intelligent design. He is joined by Democrats Kathy Hoffman and David Schapira.

The four others — Bob Branch, Frank Riggs, Tracy Livingston and incumbent Diane Douglas — each said they believed students should be taught those topics in some capacity.

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3 comments on “Most GOP candidates for top Arizona schools post support teaching creationism

  • @OP – Four out of the five Republican candidates running for state superintendent of public instruction said they believe Arizona students should be taught creationism and intelligent design as part of science learning requirements.

    This is the weakness of the American system of direct elections to posts requiring educated professionals with management skills, rather than posing figureheads.

    In the UK we have appointed “Directors of Education” who are selected on the basis of training, experience, and qualifications in Education and administration!

  • It’s mostly a problem because Americans don’t participate in government. Well, obviously some Americans do, and you see what that can lead to in places like Arizona and Texas; the later having a significant left on paper…

  • Sean_W #2
    Aug 7, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    It’s mostly a problem because Americans don’t participate in government.

    Yep!
    That is the problem of direct elections, where the majority of those deciding have no idea about the requirements of the job.

    With representative democracy, a panel of elected political representatives WITH EXPERT PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS, look at the qualifications and CVs, arrange a shortlist of suitably qualified people, arrange interviews, and make the appointments.

    Of course in an atmosphere of ideology, it is still possible to have some perverse individuals on those selection panels.

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