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.