Red, Yellow, Green
April 4, 2007
The map busts a few stereotypes: the Carolinas, for example, both get green rankings and high praise for good-to-excellent handling of evolution in science curricula.
In other ways, there are (sorry to say) few surprises. Creationists and/or cowardly school officials have banished evolution from most of the old confederacy, as well as Ohio (“the E-word is avoided”), Illinois (“an embarassment”) and Maine (“useless”).
I’m happy to see New Jersey ranked among the green group, but there isn’t a whole lot else to be happy about. There are 18 states in the union ready to prevent their children from getting a decent education, and 21 that are doing an acceptable to mediocre job. That’s not remotely good enough.