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A True Liberal in Liberal, Kansas

A writer for the newspaper of record in Liberal, Kansas (yes, there is a town with that name in Kansas) endorses the truly liberal policy of teaching the scientific controversy over evolution. He argues that opponents of teaching the controversy

should come up with a good argument on why teaching only the evolution theory does not violate the state education science mission statement to make all students lifelong learners who can use science to make reasoned decisions.

Presenting only one life science theory in classes without alternatives breeds ignorance and violates the mission statement.

The author of the essay is wrong to suggest that the Kansas Board of Education is considering adding intelligent design to the Kansas state science standards. In fact, it is merely considering proposals to teach scientific evidence critical of Darwinian theory along with evidence favoring the theory. But the author's basic point about how one-sided teaching breeds ignorance is on the money.

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