FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2013
LEXINGTON, KY—Kentucky's science standards do not need to mandate the teaching of specific theories like evolution and global warming, says a group that has monitored education in Kentucky for over twenty years. The comments came as the state's "Next Generation Science Standards" were being presented before a state legislative panel.
"We shouldn't be dictating the teaching of particular scientific theories; we should let the state of the science dictate what theories are taught and focus in the standards and the skills that are necessary to think scientifically," said Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation.
Cothran noted that the national Common Core Standards that are driving these changes seem to be inconsistent in their emphasis: "Why are we so enthusiastic about mentioning specific theories in the science standards and so unenthusiastic about mentioning specific authors in the literature standards?" he asked. "We are apparently not mandating that students read particular writers, but we want to dictate what scientific theories you have to accept."
Cothran reiterated his group's position that the state's adoption of the Common Core Standards was premature and the adoption process mishandled. "We signed on to national education standards before they were actually formulated," he said. "And there was no process of public input in the decision to sign on to them."
Cothran was one of the chief voices in the debate over the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990.