Posted by Brian at 9:06 PM
Did we just win one?
I think we did.
Florida's State Board of Education has voted to use the term "scientific theory of evolution" in new science standards, the first time the word "evolution" has been included.Hat tip to MisterOpus1.
Florida's current standards require the teaching of evolution using code words like "change over time."
Adding the term "scientific theory" before the term "evolution" was a modified proposal at least one board member called a compromise, not standards proposed originally to the committee. The option to include "scientific theory" was made late last week.
As I said in that diary, this still isn't great, but it is better than it was, and it's way better than I ever hoped for, as I said this morning. One commenter at the Kos diary worries about the insertion of the word theory, because he sees it as a way for Creationists to denigrate evolution. I disagree. For starters, evolution is a theory, and putting that tag on it will allow a teacher to explain what a scientific theory is--like gravitational theory or the theory of relativity--thus undercutting the attempt at minimizing evolution.
Regardless, there will be no more hedging in the Florida schools, and that's a good thing all the way around.