The 2005 “Science Hearings”
In May 2005, the Board held a showcase event for the Intelligent Design advocates under the guise of being “hearings” on the validity of the Intelligent Design Minority’s proposals.
- Summary of the Background to the Kansas “Science Hearings” at Talk Origins, by Jack Krebs
- Transcripts of the ID witnesses, at Talk Origins
- Pedro Irigonegaray’s closing statement in support of the writing committee’s good standards
- “Kansas vs. Darwin”, a documentary film on the hearings, by Jeff Tamblyn
The 2005 Science Standards
These are the Intelligent Design-influenced standards passed by the creationist Board majority based on the revisions made by the Intelligent Design Minority on the science writing committee. Here are various documents about the proposals and the rationale for those proposals made by the Intelligent Design advocates.
- The “Minority Report”, outlining the Intelligent Design proposed changes and their rationale.
- Critiques of the Minority report by scientists from around the country
- Kansas Science Standards, adopted 11/05 (Word). See especially
- Rationale statement, page ii
- Nature of Science, page ix
- Patterns of Cumulative Change, page xi
- 8-12, Standard 1, Benchmark 1, Indicator 6 on the inferiority of historical inferences, page 59
- 8-12, Standard 3, Benchmark 3 on Evolution, pages 77-79
- 8-12, Standard 7, Benchmark 2, Additional Specificity 1b, page 101. (See the comparison document to see what was taken out.)
- 8-12, Standard 7, Benchmark 3, Additional Specificity 1a, page 103, on the relationship between science and such social ills as eugenics and racism.
- A comparison of the 2005 standards and the good standards passed in 2007: a very useful comparison document
What’s Wrong with the Kansas Standards
KCFS President Jack Krebs gave a set of speeches around the state entitled What’s Wrong with the Kansas Standards in summer 2006, right before the 2006 Board of Education election.