Education: Descent of Man

Some 900 miles north and 1,800 miles west of the spot where the celebrated Scopes "Monkey Trial" shocked the world, and a full 35 years later, the state of Washington's supervisor of curriculum guides, John M. Howell, announced: "Now, of course, no one really believes the Darwinian theory ... If Darwinian evolution is true, then the Bible is untrue, and I prefer to hold by the Old Book rather than to accept a worthless theory."

Supervisor Howell, 65, a onetime Seventh-day Adventist missionary in South America, assured everyone that his own view was not necessarily the state's. No state teacher was under...

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