In 2009, Republican legislators in Kentucky passed a law that required testing of high school students to evaluate if those students are ready for college. That sounds very good!
But now the results have come back, and some members of the GOP are upset because the test requires the students to have a good knowledge of evolution in order to do well in college biology courses. Well, duh.
The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science — Darwin made it up. My objection is they should ensure whatever scientific material is being put forth as a standard should at least stand up to scientific method. Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny.
This despite the fact that the chairman of the University of Kentucky biology department, who served on the committee that developed the standards, pointed out:
The theory of evolution is the fundamental backbone of all biological research. There is more evidence for evolution than there is for the theory of gravity, than the idea that things are made up of atoms, or Einstein’s theory of relativity. It is the finest scientific theory ever devised.
In a stunning statement, one state senator claimed “we don’t want what is a theory to be taught as a fact in such a way it may damage students’ ability to do critical thinking.” They want creationism to be taught so that the kids can be “critical thinkers to be able to reason between the two.”
But wait, it gets better. Their solution is to have the testing company develop a test personalized for Kentucky. I’m just trying to imagine that.