Kentucky school superintendent upset over omission of creation theory on biology test

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An exhibit at Kentucky's Creation Museum shows a woman living with a dinosaur

A school superintendent in Kentucky is upset because a state test puts too much emphasis on evolution as a fact, not a theory.

Ricky D. Line, superintendent of the Hart County school district, has expressed displeasure over new guidelines put in the biology portion of the state testing as part of the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, which was implemented by legislators in 2007 partly in an effort to meet compliance of federal No Child Left Behind regulations.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Line sent letters and emails to members of Kentucky’s board of education along with the state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday asking them to re-evaluate the language in the test.

Expressing “deep concern about the increased emphasis on the evolution content required,” Line said that the increase “is substantial and alarming.”


Line said that the test would “require students to believe that humans… evolved from primates such as apes and… were not created by God.”

He also feels that it is wrong to teach evolution as a “factual occurrence” without any reference to the creation story told in the Bible.

Holliday said that Line is wrong that the state would be teaching evolution as a fact, and that teachers are allowed to bring up creation theories in the course of teaching evolution.

Kentucky has long been a hot bed of controversy over the teaching of evolution, and efforts have been made to consistently introduce creation theories or “intelligent design” into science curricula. The state is also home to the 70,000 square foot Creation Museum, which asserts that Earth is only 6,000 years old and that humans lived amongst dinosaurs.

“I don’t think life on Earth began as a one-celled organism,” Line said. “I don’t think that all of us came from a common ancestor… I don’t think the Big Bang theory describes the explanation of the origin of the universe.”

“There are scientists who don’t believe that evolution happened,” Line added.

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  • TLWiz

    We should also teach that the Earth is flat and Jesus rode dinosaurs.

  • educator

    I commend the Superintendent on his bold stance. He is merely standing up for the rights of the families to send their children to school without the worry of their religious beliefs being questioned. Separation of church and state keeps us from teaching any one religion is preferred over another. Plus, we are not supposed to “offend” those who are of any faith. Teaching the THEORY of evolution as TRUTH absolutely offends many…not only from KY!

  • SimonPure

    I find plate tectonics, the THEORY that continents move around, to be highly offensive to my personal beliefs. This should not be taught in schools, either.

  • Duh

    I believe that the world came into existence when a giant turd dropped out of a giant bird’s ass and from that the world was formed. Evolution and the bible creation stories are offensive to my religious beliefs. Neither should be taught. Instead my truth of the giant bird turd story should be taught.

  • GalapagosPete

    Educator, I compliment you on a very subtle satire of the superintendent’s position. You really show him for the fool that he is — on this topic, at least.

  • TrueScience

    The moronic religious Darwinists appear from their rock again. The superintendent is offended at the Teaching of common ancestry as FACT….Not the teaching of common ancestry.

    BTW: There is as much scientific evidence that the world came into existence from a giant turd than from the big bang. This is because there is no known naturalistic process via the big bang for the world to come into existence. At least there is a naturalistic process for a turd!

  • John

    It is not about religion. read his original letter. It is about teaching something as fact, that has never been proven. NEVER! If so, where? Matter of fact, speaking of facts, latest research in gene splicing proves just the other, that there is no common ancestory, they can’t put genes back the way they “claim” we developed, hum… wonder why not? Just teach theory as theory and let the facts speak for themselves, or will that disprove the evolutionist ideas?