Archive for Tuesday, September 7, 1999

ENLIGHTENED TOWN?

September 7, 1999

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To the editor:

Recently I got an e-mail from a friend who works in computer technology commenting on the state Board of Education's decision about the teaching of evolution and so-called "creation science." He said, "I thought all classes had been suspended in Kansas for fear the students might be tainted with knowledge." I'm afraid this is the way we look to the technological leaders who have a great influence on both intellectual and economic development. They agree with the overwhelming majority of the scientific community, who judge theories by scientific methods and evidence. On these grounds, evolution is so thoroughly accepted that there is no scientifically valid reason to "balance" it with some competing speculation.

I hoped that the Lawrence school system, being in a university town, would be enlightened. But the recent shabby treatment of an excellent science teacher shows that the school administrators lack the courage to resist those who want to mix religious instruction into science.

William O. Scott,

Lawrence.

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