I suspected this whole anti science/pro creationist lobby would put up a scrap in Ky. They sure did, the legislature voted down the new science standards, meaning to, and I quote “wipe away all the hard work that Kentucky’s teachers and scientists invested in creating these standards, along with top scientists and teachers from across the country.” These maroons voted it down 5-1.
Fortunately for those of us sided with reason, the governor Steven Beshear overrode the decision, striking it down, and passed the new standards. Pro reality advocates were dumbfounded when the legislative vote went against them, and while the gov’s veto is cause for celebration, they are understandably in a mild state of shock that these legislative nimrods voted against the new science standards.
Quoted from the NCSE article http://ncse.com/blog/2013/09/question-answered-yes-kentucky-legislators-will-block-ngss-0015034 :
Though they would soon be celebrating, science advocates in attendance were aghast immediately after the meeting. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told a reporter in the hallway: “I think it was pretty much a political vote. I don’t think there is any meat to these issues that we haven’t fully addressed.”
Rob Bevins, president of Kentuckians for Science Education, was equally disappointed. He told the paper “I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re on the Daily Show tomorrow.”
“I’m still in disbelief,” a scientist who attended the hearing told me. “The arguments our side put forth were exponentially more powerful than theirs. I’m getting ready to go to a meeting at UK [the University of Kentucky] and I’m going to bring it up the fact that we need to be more active.”
Thing is, there are reality denying, evidence ignoring, creationist dumb asses entrenched in school boards, regulatory panels, and political offices all across the country. They are constantly working to destroy solid science education, and replace it with some religiously motivated “alternative science” (known as ID) because it better fits their preconceptions and/or beliefs. They will not be satisfied until this country has become a x-ian theocracy. Every time they lose a battle such as this one, they lie low, regroup, and pop up somewhere else, looking to overthrow science based methodologies and replace that with superstitious nonsense.
While this battle is won, the fight is far from over. Texas appears to be the next battleground. I am watching with a hopeful eye. Perhaps this situation in Ky. may help to influence the outcome there, one can only hope, but the gov in Tx. is a x-ain buffoon, There will be no last minute veto there, so the only hope for reason will be at the lower levels. Good luck Texas.