Is this a Presidential campaign or am I back in High School again
do you spell evolution in Florida? Hi this is Dave Zanotti. WeÕll
talk about it today on TPS.
Evolution, or more appropriately said, Spellings on Evolution. ThatÕs the way
the story came out of the Sunshine State. Recently US Secretary of Education
Margaret Spellings was in Tallahassee where the debate is underway over new
state science standards for all public schools. The Secretary was asked if she
had a position on evolution being required in Florida state science standards.
Her answer was a simple, ÒNo, I donÕt.Ó
which all of us on The Public Square¨ would like to say thank you to US Secretary
of Education Margaret Spellings. She answered the question correctly. The
federal government has absolutely no constitutional role or authority on the
question of school curriculum for American children. DonÕt take my word for it.
Look it up yourself in the US Constitution. I politely double-dog dare you to
fact, if we were being truly honest with ourselves, we would admit that
historically the role of state government is highly suspect when it comes to
dictating curriculum for the millions of children in FloridaÕs classrooms. In
the old days those decisions were made by parents and taxpayers through their
locally elected school boards.
a fair question to ask—was public education better back in the day when
local control was real, especially over classroom content?
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and a score of states are facing these questions
on education and curriculum. If you would like to keep up with the debate
please visit us today at aproundtable. Every day we hold a longer conversation
on subjects just like this one.
Evolution in Florida - January 18th, 2008