After the AJC reported on the state’s new science curriculum, which would ignore the last century of biological research, Kathy Cox was forced to defend the proposal:
She said it was not designed to appease Georgians who have religious conflicts with the scientific theory that all living things evolved from common ancestry.
“This wasn’t so much a religion vs. science, politics kind of issue,” Cox said. “This was an issue of how do we ensure that our kids are getting a quality science education in every classroom across the state.”
She said students need to understand that science is constantly changing and they need to be exposed to all legitimate theories.
Cox said that could include the teaching of “intelligent design,” though it is not specifically mentioned in the proposed curriculum.
Cox later called “evolution” a “buzzword,” implying somehow that “biological changes over time” and “intelligent design” are not. So far, according to the article, over a thousand people have sent letters of complaint regarding the new curriculum, and a relatively unsceintific AJC poll shows overwhelming opposition to the changes.