The Kansas Board of Education approved new public-school science standards Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution.
Supporters of the new standards said they would promote academic freedom.
“This is a great day for education. This is one of the best things that we can do,” said board chairman Steve Abrams. Another board member who voted in favor of the standards, John Bacon, said the move “gets rid of a lot of dogma that’s being taught in the classroom today.”
In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena.