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Kansas Science Standards - 2004:
Will It Be 1999 All Over Again?


Opening remarks by Chancellor Hemenway
Chancellor Hemenway, Jack Krebs and Hume Feldman
Hume Feldman, Chancellor Bob Hemenway and Jack Krebs

Jack Krebs
High school educator

Jack Krebs
Where: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
When: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 7:30 pm

Abstract

In 1999, Kansas gained worldwide notoriety when the state Board of Education passed creationist influenced science standards. Now in 2004 it looks as if history might repeat itself. Next year the state Board is likely to again adopt anti-evolution science standards.

The "intelligent design" (ID) movement is leading the way with their "Wedge" strategy: attacking science, and evolution in particular, in order to "defeat materialism and its devastating cultural consequences." They are trying use the state science standards as a political means to achieve their religious and cultural ends.

Kansas's reputation suffered badly in 1999. Kansas is now working hard to attract the bioscience industry to our state. It will be educationally and economically damaging to our state to once again become the laughingstock of the nation because of our science standards.

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About the speaker:
Jack Krebs is currently a member of the state science standards review committee. He is a high school teacher and former curriculum director, with undergraduates degrees in anthropology and education, teaching experience in math, technology, and sociology, and curriculum experience in science, math, language arts, social studies, and human health and sexuality.
Jack is vice-president of Kansas Citizens for Science (KCFS), a group formed in 1999 in response to the creationist/anti-evolution state science standards adopted in that year. Since then, Jack has also become involved in countering the national "intelligent design" (ID) movement, and has worked closely with other science education activists associated with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) as well as other citizens-for-science groups. Jack was the only "intelligent design" critic at the Intelligent Design networks' pro-ID conference "Design, Darwin, and Democracy" in 2002, has given speeches at Johnson County Community College, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and was on the KCPT panel discussion at the conclusion of PBS's "Evolution" series. Jack is a strong, articulate, knowledgeable defender of science and science education.

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Programs in danger of being de-emphasized

Cosmology

Geology

Evolutionary Biology

Centaurus Galaxy

Earth

Peking Man


Organized by
Hume Feldman
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