FHSU Faculty Senate dissociates itself from Kansas BOE science standards
In response to the Kansas Board of Education’s 2005 Science Standards, Fort Hays State University’s Faculty Senate recently passed its own statement of opposition and endorsed another.
At February’s meeting, the FHSU Faculty Senate passed Resolution 05-02, stating that the senate does not support including intelligent design in state education science standards.
The Faculty Senate resolution reads:
In response to the recent decision to include Intelligent Design in the Kansas state science standards, the Faculty Senate of Fort Hays State University resolves:
It is the role and responsibility of the scientific community to assess the merit of the subject matter taught in the science classrooms of our public schools.
As such, the Faculty Senate of Fort Hays State University does not support the inclusion of material, such as Intelligent Design, which has so far failed to withstand scientific scrutiny based on rigorous and verifiable peer-reviewed research.
“We, as a Faculty Senate, feel it is important to have educational materials stand upon their own merits rather than be imposed by an outside agency,” said Dr. Win Jordan, president of the Faculty Senate and assistant professor of accounting and information systems.
“We had asked our University Affairs Committee to develop a statement in response to the recent Intelligent Design controversy. The committee responded with our Resolution 05-02.”
At the same meeting, the senate also endorsed a position statement by the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science, presented to them by Dr. Paul Adams, Anschutz professor of education and physics and a member of the KATS panel asked to distribute the KATS statement.
“As we reviewed the statement, we found it to be clear, well thought out, and compelling. We therefore agreed to endorse it,” said Jordan.
The KATS position statement was released by the organization’s Board of Directors. In a cover letter, board President David Pollock said, “The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) is the largest science teacher association in the state of Kansas. The 18 elected board members represent elementary through college teachers.