Tuesday, December 04, 2007


In Old New Mexico

The Rio Rancho New Mexico school board has rejoined the 21th century after a sojourn in the 19th. According to KOAT in Albuquerque, the board "has dissolved a policy allowing alternative theories of evolution to be discussed in public school science classes" that had been in place since Aug. 22, 2005.

The board voted 3-2 in favor of rescinding the policy that had been originally adopted by an identical 3-2 vote. The difference was that two of the original three members in favor of teaching "alternative theories" are no longer on the board.

The story puts the situation well:

Opponents have said the policy was a tactic to teach intelligent design. That's a theory that life on earth is too complex to have developed through evolution, implying that a higher power must have had a hand in creation. Nearly all scientists dismiss it as a scientific theory.
The old policy of "balance," whereby ID was treated as an equal to science in the media seems, thankfully, to be harder to find.

Update: New Mexicans for Science and Reason has more information about the policy and the vote and three of its members, Marshall Berman, Kim Johnson and Dave Thomas, have a detailed post about it up at The Panda's Thumb. Good work, guys!

I'm glad they got it right this time around. It's incredible to believe that this is still an issue in the 21st century. Only in the USA, I guess!
Only in the USA, I guess!

Oh, no! There are many places in the world that are even more century-challenged. We're only champion regressives of the developed world.

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We've a lengthy writeup on The Panda's Thumb.

See also NMSR's page on Rio Rancho.

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