Friday, May 18, 2007


Mischief Managed

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas may have raised his hand at the first Republican candidate debate to say he doesn't believe in evolution, but the Rogers, Ark. school board didn't.

In April, when district residents Don Eckard and Mark Moore proposed the board supplement its new biology text with material from the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based intelligent design belief tank, the board took no action.

Eckard and Moore were back in May. The board listened to the two but made no motion and took no action on their request to supplement high school biology textbooks there with additional critical analysis of evolution.

The board heard a report from a committee of science teachers who reviewed the supplemental materials, according to the Rogers Morning News. The committee unanimously recommended the supplemental DVD not be approved, Jim Johnson, assistant superintendent for secondary education, told the board.

Here's how the Morning News reported what happened next:
Eckard stood up to ask why.

Joye Kelley, school board president, told Eckard his time to speak had expired and the school board was not there to debate with him.

Mischief managed.


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