Matthew Linkletter, the Director of the Athens School Board, in Maine, has called for the local school administrative district to drop evolution from its high school science curricula. Why? Because it’s an “unprovable theory and shouldn’t be taught as fact”. Ah, that tired old argument again.
Linkletter believes that neither evolution nor creationism belong in a high school science curriculum, because they cannot be proven.
Mike O’Risal takes an in-depth look at this over at Hyphoid Logic: part 1, and part 2. The issue here isn’t just one more creationist spouting nonsense and broadcasting their cluelessness. Problems like this need to be addressed before they turn into big fights. After all, those who suffered most in the Kitzmiller case were the people of Dover, Pennsylvania. Mike writes:
When the argument in Florida was going on, one of the first rumblings was at the county level, when some members of the Polk County school board led the way in putting forth a resolution objecting to the state’s new science education standards. That’s not unlike what’s happening right now in Maine. In the case of Polk County, the Creationists backed down when people got involved and let them know that they were under the microscope. In Florida, there’s a hugely influential, well-funded, centralized fundamentalist church and a whole lot of its adherents in state government. Maine isn’t the same situation in that regard, but it should not be taken for granted that what has happened elsewhere couldn’t happen in northern New England. Just as was done in Polk County, people need to let Matthew Linkletter and Roy Blevins and whoever else needs to know that the eyes of the rational world are upon them. The best time to treat cancer is when the tumor is just a few cells. Leave it untreated and it will spread. That principle needs to be applied to School Administrative District 59 in Maine, too. Some contact information, and links to more, are provided in this entry.
So far, he has been unable to get this on the radar. His first post, on May 6 (which I completely missed) seems not to have attracted much attention. But this is the kind of issue that really needs to have someone shine some light on it.