It's time for Florida to evolve

It's time for Florida to evolve
Editorial - South Florida Sun-Sentinel - 1/11/2008 - original
If evolution, creationism and intelligent design are controversial and worthy of debate, that's fine. Debate 'em. Debate them in philosophy class. Debate them in theology class. Even debate them in debate class.

But they shouldn't be debated in science class. Evolution isn't debatable in many parts of the world, and among most scientists, but somehow Florida hasn't fully gotten the message.

In an attempt to reach the 21st century, revisions are being considered to the state science standards. Among the changes, the word "evolution" would finally be substituted for the more generic "biological changes over time."

And it's about time.

It's also time to call it what it is, and not use the politically correct "biological changes over time." And there should not be a need to give equal time to creationism and intelligent design in science class.

Let's leave science to the scientists. Scientific evidence has long backed up evolution to explain the development of species, and it's time that message reached the state's public schools. Florida students have scored poorly on college entrance tests, and science surely hasn't been a strong point.

The suggested new state science standards were developed by a committee of scientists and educators who looked at world class standards. They obviously feel it's time Florida joins the world.

A good start is teaching evolution in science class. It's about time.