Kansas School Board has copyright withheld over teaching Intelligent Design
Monday, October 31, 2005
Kansas has been denied permission to use two key documents commonly used in the writing of science education standards for states, the(published by the ) and Pathways to Science Standards (published by the ). The respective organizations argued that they could not grant the state of Kansas permission to use these documents in the current form of the Kansas Science Educational Standards, as these overemphasize controversy between the scientific theory of and the argument of . Moreover, the organizations criticize that the standards in their current form distort the . The has expressed its support for the decision to deny Kansas the use of copyrighted material, as "the proposed standards misrepresent both the content and the standing of evolution as a scientific organizing principle".
Proponents of Intelligent Design have characterized the refusal as "an effort to censor the discussion of scientific criticism of Darwinian theory by intimidation and threat".
This is likely to further delay the ratification of the final vote on the Kansas Science Educational Standards as they will have to be rewritten either to not violate any copyright restrictions or modify their account of evolution and outlook on science. According to University of Kansas professor Steve Case, rewriting the standards will be very difficult, as "there is copyrighted material on every page" of the current document.
This is the second time that Kansas was denied the right to use copyrighted materials in their state standards, following the case in 1999, when Kansas included, a precursor of Intelligent Design, into the school curriculum. A later school board overturned that directive.
The dispute in Kansas has brought nationwide responses, ranging from a rebuke by theto the creation of internet-sensation mythology (which is lobbying the Kansas School Board to give equal time teaching their creationism theory as well.)
- Jodi Wilgoren. "Kansas Fight on Evolution Escalates" — , October 28, 2005
- "Kansas Denied Use of National Science Education Standards" — , October 27, 2005
- National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association. "Joint Statement from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association Regarding the Kansas Science Education Standards (KSES)" — , October 27, 2005
- Barbara Schaal and Jay Labov. "Review of the Kansas Science Education Standards" — , September 6, 2005
- Earl Lane. "AAAS Backs Groups’ Copyright Move Against Kansas School Board" — , October 27, 2005
- David Klepper. "Science rules hit a snag" — , october 27, 2005
- Rick Weiss. "Evolution Debate in Kansas Spurs Battle Over School Materials" — , October 28, 2005
- Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Kansas Gears Up for Another Battle Over Teaching Evolution Science, 29 April 2005
- "Kansas restores evolution standards for science classes" — , February 14, 2001
- Carey Gillam. "Kansas School Board Rejects Evolution" — , August 12, 1999