Evolution Standards Under Fire In Ariz.


A battle over the teaching of evolution is brewing in Arizona's public schools.

Diane Douglas, Arizona's state superintendent of public instruction, is proposing standards that wipe out all references to evolution from the state's high school science curriculum. She has suggested replacing evolution with vague terms and phrases such as "biological diversity" and "how traits within populations change over time."

Douglas told KTVK-TV in Phoenix, "What we know is true and what we believe might be true but is not proven and that's the reality. Evolution has been an ongoing debate for almost 100 years now. There is science to back up parts of it, but not all of it."

But advocates of sound science education are fighting back. The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson...

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