Aug. 11, 2005 – In what many warn is a frightening setback for science education in the United States, the Kansas State Board of Education made a preliminary decision that the theory of evolution should be eliminated from required school curriculum yesterday.
Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, told CNN that the Kansas decision "took us back 100 years in science teaching and education."
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and National Center for Science Education (NCSE) warned that Kansasâ€™ school children will be unprepared for college and the adult world if they are not taught evolution.
The new rules will begin in the 2007-2008 school year. Reportedly, public school science classes across the state will no longer be required to teach evolution. Instead, districts, schools and teachers will be left to craft their own standards for teaching the origin and development of life on Earth.