Senator Mike Fair (Greenville) has blocked a clause of the new SC education standards for science that features the phrase "natural selection.”
via Huffington Post
"According to Republican state Sen. Mike Fair, "To teach that natural selection is the answer to origins is wrong."
"I don't have a problem with teaching theories. I don't think it should be taught as fact," Fair said after Monday’s review, according to the Post and Courier. "Natural selection is a direct reference to Darwinism. And the implication of Darwinism is that it is start to finish."
And from The State:
"Phillip Bowers of Pickens, House Speaker Bobby Harrell's appointee on the Oversight Committee, said he shared Fair's desire to revisit the treatment of evolution and asked whether “we're teaching something that is proven to be false.”
And back at The Huffington Post:
The state's board of education approved the "natural selection" clause after squashing an effort to include intelligent design as an alternative theory to evolution. On Monday, the oversight committee passed all other measures in the state’s new K-12 science standards, but it referred the evolution provision back to a subcommittee for review. Both the state board and the oversight committee must agree on the new standards before they can be adopted and implemented by the education department by the fall of 2014.
In the field of science, Theory is defined as, "a coherent group of tested general propositions, commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for a class of phenomena..."
We assume that the fine folks in Columbia also have an issue with the theory of Gravity...