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Discussion of evolution continues

February 10, 2005
By: Meghan Kloth
State Capital Bureau

The origin of humans is the focus of discussion again. Meghan Kloth as more from Jefferson City.

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The Kansas Board of Education wants to change the way evolution is taught in schools. They want textbooks to make it clear that evolution is a theory, not a fact. In Missouri, O'Fallon representative Cynthia Davis has proposed a similar bill.

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"The evolutionists have wanted to win their argument by default. They've been the kids that's all there is and there is no more. Well you are not going to shelter the kids from the fact that there is controversy."

The proposed Missouri bill would require textbooks to include a section analyzing all the theories of human orgin. Davis says evolution has its flaws and students should know both the factual and philosophical sides. From the capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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Discussion continues over what students should be taught in science class. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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Members of the Kansas City Board of Education want kids to know that evolution is a theory, and not a fact. They have proposed changes to show both the strengths and weaknesses of evolution. In Missouri, representative Cynthia Davis from O'Fallon feels a similar way.

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"There are many different ways things could have happened and when we teach our kids that's all there is, there is no more, we are not teaching them to think scientifically."

Davis' bill would require textbooks to present all the theories of origin. The bill will go to the education committee for debate. Kansas will have public forums next week to discuss their proposed changes. From the capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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Biology textbooks are under the spotlight again. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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The Kansas Board of Education wants students to be aware of alternatives to the theory of evolution. The Kansas Attorney General said he supports stickers that clarify evolution as a theory, not a fact. In Missouri, O'Fallon representative Cynthia Davis wants to provide students with similar information.

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""When it comes to biology textbooks, people are like well let's not give not give them any other thoughts to think about because what if something proves to be true. The problem is that evolution does have some flaws."

The proposed bill would make biology textbooks present both factual and philosophical claims. Davis wants students to be aware of the controversy surrounding human origin. From the capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.