Science Is Dogma in Kansas
But the most pernicious thing the BofE did was not in lending support to a hypothesis that, at best, is simply a cop-out on explaining life's origins. What they did was to redefine the nature of science. Now, at least in Kansas, the supernatural (I.D., for example) can be considered the "hypothesis of last resort".
Imagine, if you can, the uproar that would ensue if the National Academy of Sciences, as an example, were to redefine faith:
faith n. - "A malady arising from the inability to test the validity of a belief."
In other news (N)ational (S)cience (T)eacher's (A)ssociation basically told the Kansas BofE where they could stick their new standards.
Kansas is placing themselves in a bind over this. With the dumbing down of the standards, their placing their kids at risk since colleges, especially the more exclusive private school,s can discriminate on any baiss they choose. But my guess is that this will stand for a few years and then be quietly changed, when everyone tires of the debate.
as a kansas resident, i'm all for redifining faith.