Or, as some Georgia educators prefer, “Do biological changes over time.”
I’m a little too outraged to comment on this story in detail, but the Georgia Department of Education has decided that the best way to correct the state’s educational problems is to no longer require teachers to cover evolution in detail (if they mention it at all) in their science courses. As one proposal would have it, the word evolution would be replaced with the euphemism, “biological changes over time,” because, as one educator suggests, evolution conjures up the image of that whole “man-monkey” thing.
Biology teachers across the state are rightly angry about the curriculum, with 26-year North Cobb High School biology teacher Wes McCoy pointing out that less experienced teachers will take their cue from the state requirements:
“They’re either going to tread very lightly or they’re going to ignore it,” McCoy said. “Students will be learning some of the components of evolution. They’re going to be missing how that integrates with the rest of biology.”
More significantly, buried about fourteen paragraphs into the article, the author notes that
Georgia’s curriculum exam, the CRCT, will be rewritten to align with the new curriculum. And the state exam is the basis for federal evaluation, which encourages schools and teachers to focus on teaching the material that will be tested.
So, in order to get federal funding, teachers will feel obligated to teach towards the state test, which will make it even less likely that Georgia students will have adequate understanding of evolution’s importance to scientific theory.
Updated to express further outrage.