Saturday, December 10, 2005

Unreasonable minds

Corkins defends standards as debate on science definition rages:
The state’s top public schools administrator argues no reasonable person who reads Kansas’ new science standards would conclude that they are an attempt to teach students supernatural explanations for natural phenomena.

But that’s exactly how Zack Warren sees them, as the aspiring physicist wraps up a class this semester on what he calls “life, the universe and everything” at Kansas State University.

Warren, only 18 months removed from high school, believes the State Board of Education has taken a step toward having public schools teach intelligent design, which says an unspecified intelligent cause is the best way to explain some orderly and complex features of the natural world.

But Education Commissioner Bob Corkins insists that there’s nothing in the new definition of science that promotes intelligent design.

“That is not a part of anything here,” he said during a recent interview. “Nor would we encourage the teaching of intelligent design. I do not believe that intelligent design rises to the level of a scientific theory.”
I don't know whether to be excited at this admission on his part, or annoyed that he doesn't see how removing the word "natural" from the definition of science opens the door to supernatural explanations.

At least he's on record now saying this about IDC. I suspect that deep down, he wants it taught, so this quote may come back to haunt him.