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Going ApeFlorida's Battles over Evolution in the Classroom$
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Brandon Haught

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049434

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049434.001.0001

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“A Spirit of Compromise and Conciliation”

“A Spirit of Compromise and Conciliation”

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Going Ape

Brandon Haught

University Press of Florida

In the aftermath of Hillsborough County mandating the inclusion of creationism to balance the teaching of evolution in classrooms, other counties now faced the dilemma of whether or not they should include it as well. This chapter describes multiple attempts by citizens to encourage the Pasco County school board to allow the teaching of creationism. In the meantime, Manatee County officials had second thoughts and voted to abandon plans to include creationism. Rev. Clarence E. Winslow continued his crusade in various counties. The schools’ superintendent in Okaloosa County announced his desire to promote creationism but later backed down. A group called Citizens for Morality advocated for the teaching of creationism in Marion County public schools without success. The Institute for Creation Research gave a presentation in Volusia County, where some interest was stirred up, and then went to the state legislature. Citizen activist Shirley Correll stalled textbook adoptions at the state level. There were also multiple attempts to introduce creationism bills in the state legislature during this period. This chapter then concentrates on Hillsborough County's attempts to forge a curriculum that balanced evolution and creationism. At the last minute the effort fell apart and was scuttled.

Keywords:   Citizens for Morality, curriculum, Hillsborough County, Institute for Creation Research, Marion County, Okaloosa County, Pasco County, Shirley Correll, state legislature, Volusia County

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