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Re: creationism vs. evolutionism / where's the art???

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Sheryl McCoy (sheryl)
Thu, 19 Aug 1999 10:33:33 -0700

I noticed that many of the Getty ArtsEdNet teachers from Kansas were responding to the recent KS State Board of Education decision about evolution in science education. While other art teachers in various parts of the USA and the world may wonder why we are discussing these science curriculum standards on this listserv, I must add some background information.

According to the KS state constitution, the State Board of Education is an entity unto itself. They can make state education policy without regard to input from the KS Department of Ed, the legislature, or the governor. This 10 member provincial oligarchy has held the education policy hostage in several other areas of curriculum, including reading, math, communication, and other areas.

Our various curriculum standards have been held up many times for a number of capricious reasons. One of the other recent experiences was with the Math Standards. The final standards document was held up for almost a year, because some of the state school board members wanted to totally remove any mention of problem solving;-)

I always get a hoot out of that scenario. This whole situation would be funny,if it wasn't so pathetically anti-child, anti-parent, anti-teacher and anti-education. The Board won't accept reasonable curriculum standards, yet they want us to continue to give KS children state assessments.

There are also overlapping areas within the standards of all curriculum areas that can be affected by the science standards. I think that is another of the major reasons why art teachers should be discussing this issue.

If science teachers can't teach evolution, I can assure you that the art teachers teaching history of art will be scrutinized.

Many of you know that I am an elementary teacher with an avid teaching interest in art education, yet I am also a certified secondary General Science, Biology and Chemistry teacher. As a teacher here in Kansas, I am indebted to all of you who have been willing to discuss this pathetically sad turn of events for K-12 education in our state.

Please do not think that this 10 member board represents the majority opinion of Kansans.

The presidents of each of the state universities have expressed their chagrin at the de-evolution (my term) of the K-12 state science standards. Our governor, Bill Graves, has even publicly expressed his concerns over the inability of our state school board to effectively lead our educational system into the 21st century. The KS State Board of Education has already been relieved of duty for community college decisions which are now being addressed by an appointed KS Board of Regents.

A grass-roots movement has been actively implementing an attempt to amend our state constitution after this episode with the KS science curriculum standards. This most recent inept action that is just the tip of the iceberg our state has had to deal with over the past five years.

I am proud and thankful to those of you, as educators, who have responded so effectively to our educational dilemma here in Kansas.

Thanks to all,
Sheryl A. McCoy
Kansas Earth Science Teacher Association

In this galaxy of bright women, the State has a noble pride for every name, be its owner Kansas born or
adopted, is a mightier force for good than its ``walls of corn.''
-- Ellen P. Allerton -- 

On Sun, 15 Aug 1999 10:28:54 RWilk85411 wrote: >In a message dated 8/15/99 9:42:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time, >drewyor writes: > ><< Why is this arts group talking religion? It's supposed to be about art. > > It's called freedom of expression. We are discussing the impact of the >decision made in Kansas upon all education including art education. That's >called being broadminded. Even Getty, who incidentally set up this list serv, >doesn't tell us what we are "supposed" to discuss! >Reatha >

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