In the good news department Florida's board of education passed the new science standards yesterday with minor changes. Instead of "evolution" the wording was changed to "the scientific theory of evolution." In my opinion that makes the wording even stronger, not a compromise. That emphasizes that we're not talking "just a theory" here. The vote was 4-3 , which shows how necessary the standards are.
What I thought was interesting is that during the discussions, there were those that wanted "Intelligent Design" taught as an alternative theory to that of evolution, and that the arguments were outright religious. People were note really trying to pass ID as another scientific theory, they simply stated their religious belief as the reason for their objection to the teaching of evolution. And they feel that religion has a place in every part of their lives, including science education. It's hard to believe.