Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Salina Journal Calls for Rejection of Science Standards
Local school boards can send the state board a strong message by standing up to meddling.
The Manhattan-Ogden School Board took a bold step in March when members voted to reject the definition of science adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education.
Last week a group of scientists and teachers known as Kansas Citizens for Science sent a letter to the state’s 300 school districts, asking them to do the same.
It is a good idea. The Salina School Board should follow the lead of Manhattan-Ogden and vote to reject these controversial standards.
The state board is controlled by a majority that wants to inject conservative Christian principles into Kansas public schools. Those efforts are wrong and illegal.
This position is not a criticism of people of faith. It is a defense of First Amendment constitutional rights against government establishment of religion.