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posted Friday, May 25, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 21
There will be no evolution in Arizona, please
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There will be no evolution in Arizona, please

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Arizona Department of Education wants to remove the word 'evolution' from K-12 science standards, or at least qualify the word as a 'theory' that remains unproven.

In a recently released new draft of science standards, 'evolution' is crossed out wherever it appears and replaced with various other words or phrases - 'biological diversity' being the most common substitute.

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is said to be behind the proposed changes. At a political event last year Douglas confirmed she believes in the theory of 'intelligent design,' which asserts that biological diversity is the result of a divine plan rather than evolution of species from common ancestors.

Douglas has been Superintendent of Instruction since January 2015. Shortly after she took office, she was the target of an unsuccessful recall attempt, and her approval rating among Arizona voters stands at only 16%.

In a May 23 editorial, the Arizona Daily Star newspaper denounced Douglas's draft standards.

'The effort by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas to remove evolution, both the word and its explanations, from parts of the state K-12 science standards must be called out for what it is: a move to replace scientific fact with religious belief in Arizona public schools,' the paper said.

The National Center for Science Education also opposes the proposed changes.

'Arizona public school students deserve to understand a science as the science community does,' said the center's deputy director, Glenn Branch.

The Secular Coalition for Arizona is concerned because it supports the separation of church and state.

'As taxpayer-funded institutions, public schools are constitutionally obligated to teach a religiously neutral curriculum based on the best available evidence and science,' said Tory Roberg, the Coalition's Director of Government Affairs.

Roberg added that she is worried that the proposed changes will set back education in the state.

'Parents like me should be concerned because our kids need to be prepared to compete in a scientifically sound world,' Roberg said. 'Colleges and universities use evolutionary basics and build on this in advanced science classes. We can't give our kids a second-rate education. We must demand the best.'

The Pew Research Center's Religious Landscape survey indicated that 62% of adults in the United States believe humans evolved over time. About 25% of adults participating in the study said they believe evolution was due to a supreme being.

The Pew survey also found that 67% of Arizona adults consider themselves to be Christian. While 6% of adults consider themselves part of non-Christian faiths, 27% are 'unaffiliated,' and 2% listed other faiths, such as Unitarians, New Age, and Native American religions. 'unaffiliated,' and 2% listed other faiths, such as Unitarians, New Age, and Native American religions.

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