We often refer to Kansas as “The Flat Earth State,” and for good reason. They have a long and hilarious history of opposing science — especially evolution. If you need a reminder of that state’s idiocy, see Kansas Flashback: The Crazy Days.
Things seemed to be calming down last year when the Kansas State Board of Education adopted the pro-evolution Next Generation Science Standards (the “NGSS”). We wrote about that here: Kansas Is Having a Lucid Moment. A lawsuit has been filed to nullify the NGSS — see Kansas Creationism Lawsuit Update: 19 Oct 2013 — but there’s been no news of that lately.
Now, however, things are suddenly heating up. The forces of ignorance are striking another blow at reality. The Kansas City Star of Kansas City, Missouri has this headline: Kansas bill would nullify Common Core, evolution-friendly academic standards. It’s an AP story, so we’ll only give you the first sentence:
A new proposal before the Kansas Legislature would nullify reading, math and science standards for public schools adopted previously by the State Board of Education.
They don’t say who sponsored the bill, or what its number is. So your Curmudgeon visited the legislature’s website. We found it. The bill is HB 2621. It says the sponsor is the Committee on Education. The whole committee? It seems so — after all, this is Kansas.
You can read the text of the bill here — it’s an 8-page pdf file: text of HB 2621. Most of it is about things that don’t interest us, but the part that attacks the NGSS starts at the bottom of page 3. Here’s the guts of it:
The next couple of pages describe the membership of the new advisory council and the method for selecting them. Very boring. And that’s about it.
This is great stuff for the blog, so your Curmudgeon is pleased. Kansas is back in action. They ain’t no kin to no monkeys, and by golly, they’re serious about it. We’ll be hearing more about this, so stay tuned to this blog.
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