Illinois Community College Faculty Association

A Resolution on the Teaching of Evolution

WHEREAS it is the responsibility of the academic community to preserve the integrity of science, and

WHEREAS science is a systematic method of investigation based on continuous experimentation, observation, and measurement leading to evolving explanations of natural phenomena, explanations which are continuously open to further testing, and

WHEREAS evolution fully satisfies these criteria, irrespective of remaining debates concerning its detailed mechanisms, and

WHEREAS we the faculty respect the right of people to hold diverse beliefs about creation that do not come within the definitions of science, and

WHEREAS specific references to evolutionary biology have been omitted from the public schools science standards, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Illinois Community College Faculty Association urges citizens, educational authorities, and legislators to encourage the Illinois State Board of Education to include specific reference to evolutionary biology in the public school science standards.

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