Sunday, October 09, 2005


The Miami Herald has a piece that captures the governor waffling over a no-brainer: should intelligent design be taught in public-school science classes?
"I don't . . . I don't know," he said Thursday. "It's not part of our standards. Nor is creationism. Nor is Darwinism or evolution either."

He's wrong about that: Evolution is required. The Sunshine State Standards want high school students to understand "how genetic variation of offspring contributes to population control in an environment and that natural selection ensures that those who are best adapted to their surroundings survive."

Bush blamed his education commissioner, John Winn, for telling him that evolution wasn't in the standards. Winn's department didn't return phone calls.
Bush said he "like[s] what we have right now" in Florida, "and I don't think there needs to be any changes. I don't think we need to restrict discussion, but it doesn't need to be required, either."


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