Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2007
For the first time, standards in science have been written that would require Florida public-school students be taught about evolution.
The new standards released last week say that evolution will be taught beginning in the third grade. Current standards do not use the word evolution, preferring the term “biological changes over time”.
The state Department of Education is expected to approve the new standards in January.
The proposal will likely fuel a backlash from those who believe in intelligent design, the idea that life began as a result of an intelligent force or being. The new science standards exclude intelligent design.