EXCEPT for the re-election of Kathy Martin, we haven’t had much creationism news out of Kansas lately. So check this out — it’s somewhat amusing.
In the Wichita Eagle, the largest newspaper in Wichita, Kansas, we read Kansas teachers aren’t anti-evolution. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
A new survey shows Kansas secondary biology teachers have the lowest rates of creationist belief of teachers in any of the states surveyed. The survey results — presented at a September conference of the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers and due to be published in an upcoming Kansas Biology Teacher journal — verify that the general press image of Kansas being backward on evolution is completely opposite of the facts.
The facts are different from the state’s popular image? Even in view of the infinitely stupid Kansas evolution hearings? This should be interesting. Let’s read on:
The percentage of biology teachers from different states who thought that creation has a valid scientific foundation were: Kentucky teachers, 69 percent; Oklahoma, 48 percent; South Dakota, 39 percent; Ohio, 38 percent; Illinois, 30 percent; Georgia, 30 percent; Louisiana, 29 percent; and Kansas, 24 percent.
Aaaaarrrgggh!!!!! We’ll skip the part where the article’s author claims that things in Kansas really aren’t as bad as those numbers indicate, and we’ll continue with this:
A big divide remains between small rural schools and larger Kansas schools. Today, 36 percent of biology teachers at small rural schools (fewer than 100 students) are creationist, while this drops to 15 percent in schools with 100 to 399 students. Rural teachers are more likely to be trained in biology as a “second field” and are less likely to pursue an advanced degree, as they have to teach across many disciplines. Other research finds that small rural Kansas schools are more subject to influence from a few local personalities, while larger schools can pay more attention to state and national standards.
The truly horrible figures are only in rural areas. So what should we conclude — there really isn’t a problem in Kansas? Even one creationist science teacher is too many! Here’s a bit more:
Hard-core opposition to evolution among Kansas biology teachers is probably about 6 percent, dramatically lower than for any other state surveyed.
It’s difficult to gauge “hard-core opposition” but the author has done his best. His civic pride amounts to this: “Other states are even dumber than we are!”
Okay, here’s one last excerpt:
Sadly, that will not stop late-night talk shows from portraying Kansans as anti-evolution hayseeds.
As the creationists are forever telling us, you can’t hide from the truth.
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