Several days ago, in an article for Salon, Lindsay Abrams reported that the state of Wyoming rejected the Next Generation Science Standards being implemented nationwide as part of the effort to increase student interest and achievement in the STEM disciplines.
As has been the case whenever and wherever these science standards have been challenged, one of the vocal opposition groups in Wyoming has been Christian fundamentalists who oppose the teaching of evolution and the exclusion of “creation science” from the curriculum.
But in Wyoming, Christian fundamentalists are a smaller segment of the population than they are in other Western states and in the states of the Deep South. So, it is an open question whether their opposition to the new standards, however vocal it might have been, would have been enough for the state legislature to reject those standards.
The primary reason that the legislature rejected the standards was…
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