Re: Kansas and NBC

Moorad Alexanian (
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 09:07:23 -0400

There is plenty of good, established science that our schools fail to teach.
That is the science we ought to be concentrating in teaching to our young
students. I think the teaching of evolution, from a purely pedagogical
reason, should be relegated to a sentence or two in every biology course. I
do not think that a true understanding of what is useful and obviously true
in biology would suffer from the omission of evolutionary theory from the
curriculum. It is fine to emulate physics with the notion of "unification"
but I do not see it in biology. Moorad

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Date: Thursday, August 12, 1999 11:09 PM
Subject: Kansas and NBC

>Did anyone else catch the NBC evening news report on the Kansas board of
>education vote? The chair of the board (I missed her name) was interviewed
>(briefly, of course) and she emphasized how she didn't see the evidence for
>the transition of dogs to dolphins.
>Sound familiar? Like maybe a third or fourth-hand version of Phil
>rodents to whales? It was clear that this board chair has no idea of what
>evolutionary theory actually says, let alone whether it is right or wrong.
>Sounds like PJ has sown the wind, now Kansas will reap the whirlwind!
>(Sorry, but I just couldn't pass up the literary allusion!!) :-)
>Karl V. Evans