The current state standard says students "should understand the nature of evolutionary theories," but such knowledge isn't required.This is a step in the right direction. Another thing that the article points out is that the new standards were unanimously approved by “Republican-controlled Alabama State Board of Education.” Not the same bunch of Republicans that you find on the Texas State Board of Education, that's for sure.
The new standard goes further, stating in the preface: "The theory of evolution has a role in explaining unity and diversity of life on earth. This theory is substantiated with much direct and indirect evidence. Therefore, this course of study requires our students to understand the principles of the theory of evolution from the perspective of established scientific knowledge. The committee recognizes and appreciates the diverse views associated with the theory of evolution."
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Alabama Adopts Pro-Evolution Curriculum Stance
The state of Alabama has adopted an educational stance that includes an active attempt to teach evolution, rather than a passive one. The Associated Press carries this: