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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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“It Was Historic, Wasn’t It?”

“It Was Historic, Wasn’t It?”

(p.102) 6 “It Was Historic, Wasn’t It?”
Going Ape

Brandon Haught

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses entirely on events in Lake County in 1990 and 1991. Pat Hart was elected to the local school board and immediately put her strongly conservative stamp on board meetings. She was joined by citizen Bob Wells in a drive to introduce creationism into public school science classrooms. This led to a passionate marathon board meeting that unexpectedly resulted in an agreement to convene a workshop about creationism. The crowded workshop, held in a high school gymnasium, was just as passionate and intense. Opposing groups formed and waged publicity campaigns that split the community. However, the final board meeting addressing the controversy was markedly less dramatic and resulted in creationism's being turned down as part of the science curriculum.

Keywords:   Bob Wells, Lake County, Pat Hart, workshop, curriculum, science, creationism

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