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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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“I Want God to Be Part of This”

“I Want God to Be Part of This”

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Going Ape

Brandon Haught

University Press of Florida

This chapter details the process of creating a new set of state science standards in 2007 and the significant controversy that erupted over them. The initial drafting and writing processes went smoothly enough, but when the public was asked for input the issue exploded. Public hearings were held in various places across the state, and evolution dominated the conversation at all of them. A major fight escalated between the pro-evolution and the anti-evolution factions, leading up to the final decision's being made at the State Board of Education meeting. A heated debate during the meeting resulted in approval of the science standards with only a minor adjustment that left the inclusion of evolution largely intact. Christian right citizen activist Kim Kendall rose to prominence during this time as did the pro-evolution group Florida Citizens for Science and the anti-evolution religious newspaper Florida Baptist Witness.

Keywords:   Florida Citizens for Science, Florida Baptist Witness, Kim Kendall, Board of Education, public hearing, science, standards, state, debate

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