Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The eyes of a nation are on us today

The Times covers the Board of Ed battle with a typically "he said, she said" approach, as in this unedited passage:

Harry E. McDonald, a retired biology teacher and self-described moderate Republican who has been going door to door for votes in his district near Olathe, said the board might have kept overt religious references out of the standards, “but methinks they doth protest too much.”

“They say science can’t answer this, therefore God,” Mr. McDonald said.

Connie Morris, a conservative Republican running for re-election, said the board had merely authorized scientifically valid criticism of evolution. Ms. Morris, a retired teacher and author, said she did not believe in evolution.

“It’s a nice bedtime story,” she said. “Science doesn’t back it up.”
You'd think that the next sentence might be "Dr. Leonard Krishtalka of the University of Kansas' world-renowned Natural History Museum disagrees." But, alas, no. The absurd claim is allowed to stand unchallenged. And John Calvert is quoted extensively without any input from the non-profits working on behalf of science. If we're going to do the balanced thing, let's do it. If we aren't going to, let's get balance from people who aren't personally invested in the election.

At least a regular commenter here got some press:

“There are so many more important issues in Kansas right now,” said Cheryl Shepherd-Adams, a science teacher. “The issue is definitely a wedge issue, and I don’t want to see our community divided.”
Go vote!