To the editor:
As a member of the 2004-2006 state science standards committee and a past president of Kansas Citizens for Science (KCFS), I am concerned that the State Board of Education remains committed to having quality mainstream science standards rather than reverting back to creationist/intelligent design-influenced standards, as has happened twice in the past decade.
In response to a recent questionnaire from KCFS (www.kcfs.org/kcfsnews), candidate Carolyn Campbell said, "I believe the theory of evolution should be taught. I also believe in the separation of church and state. Creationism and intelligent design can be taught in social study or religion classes." Candidate Robert Meissner, however, was the only candidate in the state to not return the questionnaire.
I urge citizens to not overlook this important race for State Board of Education. Make sure you know where the candidates stand on the important issue of science education in Kansas, and be sure to vote on Nov. 4.