Over ten years ago the Carnegie Foundation and the National Academy of Science published a vision for Science Education. There was much excitement in education over the common core effort in mathematics. Science education leaders saw this as an opportunity to update science content. Improving science education is a good thing. The bad news was the curriculum included Darwinian evolution. Evolution was to be a unifying theme in all grades. At the early stages the public was unaware of the plan. Eventually the public learned about it. Due to concerned Christian people and others opposing these efforts, this process has been slowed down. In Georgia, the Next Generation Science Standards was developed and then abandoned. Leadership has worked to write new standards. These new standards were written and implemented starting the fall of 2017. Pushing evolution in science should be a concern for all citizens. Our effort was a part and you can learn more about it here.
As Christian people, we support quality education and want our children to have the best learning opportunities. God gave mankind the command to have dominion over creation. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26. It is often stated that science is thinking God’s thoughts after Him. Good science and Christianity go hand in hand. There is no conflict. An effective education in K-12 science is important to every Christian home. Concerned citizens across America need to be aware of curriculum changes and what is taught in our schools.
Darwinian evolution goes against common sense, has never been proven and is not scientfic. It is a belief system about reality that some want taught. It is not a fact of science. Once in place, evolution is difficult to remove. For example, in 2006 Georgia updated science curriculum, introducing evolution during that process. Since those standards were in place, evolution is mandated, even against community opposition. Citizens have been told “little can be done”.
In recent years we faced a much bigger challenge. Over 26 states have been involved in the effort and several have already rewrote science standards for their schools. This was perhaps done without critical thought using the Next Generation Science Standards . Georgia put the process on pause giving more careful attention into the matter. That was commendable. But we still need to be involved in this process and demonstrate a proper influence.
Our effort was centered on challenging the content of evolution. Our goals were to inform the public and engage the Christian community into action. We wanted content about evolution removed in the NGSS standards. Teach it in an elective course about origins of man. We did not ask Creation be taught in public schools. That is the job of the church and the home. Teach science in science classrooms. Teaching evolution at taxpayer expense should never have begun, must be challenged, and can be stopped!
The good news is our efforts from 2010 to 2016 paid off. This site was part of a way to educate the public and a call to action. Government officials were contacted, a rally at the capitol was conducted, and public feedback on the new standards was more effective and transparent by our effort to reach as many Georgians as possible. More could have be done but we need to learn about how the process works in our educational organizations.
What can you do? First, become educated. Knowledge is power. Use this site to get information. We need to speak up and out about this concern. Push past the emotional attacks, intimidation and sound-bite criticisms. There is good reason to oppose evolution. Using state schools to teach evolution may very well be a wrong in America that is easy to correct. Get involved in the political process. Contacting school and government officials takes time and effort but must be done. Look at our research, and tell others about this work!
What our young and moldable children are taught about origins and the nature of man is critical. The next generation is waiting for this generation to prepare the way for quality education- one which honors our Maker and inspires hope for a better future.