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Mar 14 2005
No Evolution in Kansas? (AP)

Many scientists, science teachers and even some Kansas State Board of Education members are disturbed by the board hashing out how evolution is taught in Kansas schools.

Science, they argue, isn't a democracy, and the debate over evolution should occur on university campuses and in scholarly journals, with the outcome determining what children hear in classrooms.

But determining education policy is the State Board of Education's job, settled through political debates and, ultimately, elections. And many Kansans want to weigh in on evolution -- no matter how scientists feel about it.

That means politics will shape how evolution is taught as the board considers changes in the state's science standards this year -- and beyond. Scientists who see evolution's validity as well-established are likely to be frustrated well into the future.

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