The Kansas State Board of Education, for the second time in six
years, has modified science state standards to allow the
re-introduction of intelligent design into science class
The Kansas State Board of Education, for the second time in six years, has modified science state standards to allow the re-introduction of intelligent design into science class curricula. Astoundingly and proudly, they ignored the recommendations from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Teachers Association, and redefined the word “science.”
By adding that science includes “… logical argument and theory building to lead to more adequate explanations of natural phenomena …” the nature of science, which is to collect empirical data to form and shape rational explanations of the natural world, will clearly enter a new phase in Kansas.
This new definition is a Pandora’s Box opening science to the collective imagination of intelligent design proponents whose focus is a supernatural deity (the Christian god) actively controlling the natural world.
One can imagine a Kansas AP Biology classroom laboratory going something like this:
“Mr. Morejon, the plasmids did not get assimilated into the bacterial DNA. We followed the protocol as stated. What could be the problem?”
“Well class, did you take into consideration that possibly a supernatural force did not want you to be successful? Mixing genes between organisms might upset an intelligent designer who does not want humans fooling around with his creation. We will attempt to examine and discuss how a deity might have affected your experimental outcomes.”
If scientists have to worry about the potential influences of a guiding supernatural entity in experimental procedures or scientific inquiry, then we have certainly returned to the 16th century with Galileo’s travails soon to follow. Dark Ages, here we come.
Dale Morejón, Gilroy