Panel votes to reject evolution teaching standards - - Columbia, South Carolina

Panel votes to reject evolution teaching standards

(Columbia-AP) February 13, 2006 - The Education Oversight Committee voted Monday to reject curriculum standards for high school biology that deal with teaching evolution.

The school reform panel wants the Board of Education to rewrite a portion of the standards to encourage high school students to critically analyze evolution.

Scientists who support teaching evolution reject the idea of adding the phrase "critical analysis" to the curriculum. They call it an effort by evolution critics to introduce creationism and intelligent design in the classroom.

State Senator Mike Fair says the change is necessary because science is always changing.

Both the oversight committee and the board of education must agree on the standards. Monday's vote sends the issue back to the board of education.

Updated 10:21pm by Bryce Mursch

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