Good news this week! Kansas state board of education members have endorsed including criticisms of evolution (Broken link, active June 18, 2005) in their state science standards. Freedom of academic thought is finally making progress when a teacher is allowed to make the true statement that real and valid disagreements concerning the scope and extent of darwinism exist among scientists. However, legal woes may shut down Kansas schools (Broken link, active June 18, 2005) altogether, in a battle over constitutional powers between the legislature and the judiciary.
While individual schools here and there get the need to return to traditional educational methods, others are going further down the road of educational neglect in favor of trendy programs and harmful [s-x] “education” instead of solid academics. The teacher’s unions seem determined to keep parents and their priorities for the education of their children out of the loop, and the pro-homo[s-x]ual lobby seems determined to turn the public schools into an indoctrination camp with the country’s children in mandatory attendance.
The Kansas controvesy, added to the problems mentioned above, leads Jeff Jacoby to call for the separation of school and state, an idea whose time has come (once again).
Presbyterians aren’t waiting for the state to take the hint. The PCA will be debating a measure urging parents to withdraw children from public schools, as they do not provide Christian children the tools to think biblically about all of life. This measure is similar to the one debated by Southern Baptists; both measures are sponsored by Exodus Mandate.