Education: Voice from the Backwoods

The 19th century's bootless battle between science and religion is all but forgotten -but not in Missouri's Ozark Mountains. Last week the state legislature was asked to ban the teaching of evolution as "a fact" in Missouri high schools and colleges.* The bill's author, Representative Ealum Bruffett, an Ozarks country schoolteacher for 16 years, told oratorically of spying out the enemy: "I have been watching this creeping evolution in our textbooks for years. My own daughter has been exposed to this and has not complained. That is what scares me. This would be...

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