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Evolution education in Huckabee’s Arkansas

The new Washington Independent reports on evolution education in Arkansas under Governor Mike Huckabee.

Science educators in certain U.S. states operate a bit like dissidents in the old Soviet bloc. They have to pick their battles as they walk the fine line between telling the truth and keeping their jobs. This was nowhere truer than in Arkansas under Gov. Mike Huckabee, a professed Young Earth Creationist who disdained Darwinism and the theory of evolution.

There are lots of interesting bits of information, like the fact that Huckabee funded a creationist museum and supported “creation science”.  Overall his tenure was something of a mixed bag, but science education still fared pretty badly.

About a fifth of Arkansas teachers teach straight evolution, while another 30 percent teach “something along those lines,” according to a survey by state education officials. The other 50 percent don’t teach it, either because of their own weaknesses or community opposition. About 10 percent teach straight creationism.

While this sounds very bad, it lacks context.  How bad is evolution education in the rest of the South?  I suspect that things are pretty bad across the region.

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