SC panel approves compromise on teaching evolution

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A proposed change in South Carolina's biology standards for teaching evolution is designed to encourage discussion in the classroom.

A six-member panel voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend the compromise to the full state Board of Education and Education Oversight Committee. Approval from both is needed for any change to education standards.

The new version says evolution, like other aspects of science, remains open to new discoveries and experimentation. Oversight committee director Melanie Barton says it means teachers will need to stay up-to-date on scientific discoveries and how they impact evolution.

The compromise wording could end months of disagreement between the boards on how high school students learn about evolution.

Republican Sen. Mike Fair of Greenville had pushed for language calling for students to question Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 269081851 - wrdw.com/a?a=269081851