This is a follow-up to School Board Madness in Maryland, in which we learned about some creationist goof-ball-ism in Wicomico County, Maryland. The macabre title of our post will be explained in due course.
As you recall, Ron Willey, the president of the Wicomico County School Board, objected to the adoption of a textbook titled “Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources.” He didn’t like a Page 3 sentence regarding Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which reads: “Ever since Charles Darwin, most scholars have come to view human beginnings in the context of biological change on the planet.” We also reported that the school board was scheduled to vote yesterday on whether to accept the textbook for Advanced Placement World History for 11th or 12th grades.
We know you’ve been wondering what happened. Well, wonder no more. In one of the Gannett newspapers hosted at delmarvanow.com, possibly the Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, we read Book with evolution reference approved by Wicomico school board.
The headline is a bit misleading, because there are a few interesting details in the story. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A high school world history textbook in which education officials questioned the accuracy of a statement about the theory of evolution on a page in the first chapter has nonetheless won unanimous approval by members of the Wicomico County Board of Education.
Unanimous? Even the creationist president of the Board? Why did he cave in to the forces of evil? We’re told:
School board President Ron Willey, saying despite his doubts that a Page 3 statement regarding Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is free of error, conceded that the textbook is one of the more comprehensive and thematically proper textbooks reviewed for students enrolled in Advanced Placement world history.
What made him change his mind? Let’s read on:
“The issue is not not evolution, but theory versus fact,” he also said.
Never mind the mumbo-jumbo. Why did Willey approve the book? The story continues:
The school board president also noted that discussions in “Ways of the World” would start at Page 20, skipping Chapter 1 and the Page 3 text that reads: “Ever since Charles Darwin, most scholars have come to view human beginnings in the context of biological change on the planet.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The book is approved, but Chapter 1 doesn’t exist! Here’s more:
In all, the course will examine topics in history between 8000 BCE to the present, as a requirement of the College Board and other education associations that guide academic curriculum.
When asked why the school system was skipping the first chapter and Page 3, Superintendent John Fredericksen said it is not uncommon to select certain pages. “Ways of the World” is 1,256 pages, he noted, “and world history is not universe history.”
So the book is okay, but only those parts that don’t offend the young-Earth creationist wackos on the school board. Nice compromise! And now you understand that our title is a reference to the Judgment of Solomon.
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