Kentucky's New Science Standards Draw Heated Debate

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's new science education standards are triggering heated debate over such issues as evolution and climate change.

The Courier-Journal reports that opponents labeled the new standards as "fascist" and "atheistic" at a Tuesday meeting, and said they promote thinking that leads to "genocide" and "murder."

Supporters said the education changes are crucial for Kentucky to keep pace with other states and prepare students for college and careers.

Nearly two dozen parents, teachers, scientists and advocacy groups commented at a state Department of Education hearing on the standards. The broad set of guidelines will revamp content in grades K-12 and help meet requirements from a 2009 law that called for improving education.

The majority of comments during the hearing came from critics who questioned the validity of evolution and climate change.

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