Dorothy, It's Really Oz

A pro-creationist decision in Kansas is more than a blow against Darwin

The Kansas Board of Education voted 6 to 4 to remove evolution, and the Big Bang theory as well, from the state's science curriculum. In so doing, the board transported its jurisdiction to a never-never land where a Dorothy of the new millennium might exclaim, "They still call it Kansas, but I don't think we're in the real world anymore." The new standards do not forbid the teaching of evolution, but the subject will no longer be included in statewide tests for evaluating students--a virtual guarantee, given the realities of education, that this central concept of biology will be diluted or...

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