No matter what national ranking, when you state came in at 48 or 44 or 49, there was Mississippi at 50. Mississippi almost always pulled up the rear, so no matter how badly South Carolina, or Arkansas, Or Alabama scored, there was always Mississippi to point to as worse than us.
Now Mississippi can say, Thank god for Kansas.
The Education Board of US state Kansas on Tuesday adopted new science-curricula standards for the state's 445,000 public-school students that openly question the Evolution Theory of Charles Darwin.
The new standards, passed in a 6-4 vote after hours of sometimes hostile debate, are seen by most scientists and educators as a victory for creationism even though the regulations don't require that Bible teachings be presented, according to the CBS.
The newly approved regulations not only question the theory that all life has a common origin, they also rewrite the definition of science, holding that it is no longer limited to searching for natural explanations for natural phenomena.
This is the very best part of this story "they also rewrite the definition of science". Clearly this will soon be another state that is a backwater for education .
In the ultimate irony; On the same day the Kansas Board of Education votes to make their students dumber, all eight Pennsylvania board members who approved intelligent design for their schools were voted out of office.
All eight members up for re-election to the Pennsylvania school board that had been sued for introducing the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in biology class were swept out of office yesterday by a slate of challengers who campaigned against the intelligent design policy.
One would hope that this lesson will be learned by any other school board considering adding ID.
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