Reality returned to Kansas today, after its most recent extended vacation from the Sunflower State, as the Board of Education repealed its anti-evolution curriculum guidelines. The state has thus rejoined the mainstream, rejecting so-called "intelligent design" in favor of, you know, actual science. If you're feeling a faintly dizzying sense of deja-vu, it's no wonder:
The state has had five sets of standards in eight years, with anti- and pro-evolution versions, each doomed by the seesawing fortunes of socially conservative Republicans and a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans.Full credit to the undaunted people who managed to put things right again:
"Those standards represent mainstream scientific consensus about both what science is and what evolution is," said Jack Krebs, a math and technology teacher who helped write the new guidelines. He is also president of Kansas Citizens for Science.As Liberal Values points out, it's a nice victory, but "it's a shame they couldn’t have done so one day earlier. It would have been a great way to celebrate Darwin Day."