The course and exam framework put heavy emphasis on Darwinism even though, as noted earlier, it simply isn’t treated any more as an explain-all. Independent journalist Suzan Mazur asked Richard Phelps, founder and editor of theNonpartisan Education Review and an expert in educational testing for comment:
Suzan Mazur: Over the last decade or so, scientists relying on evidence arrived at through increasingly sophisticated microscopy and myriad other technologies have come to regard Darwinian natural selection as metaphorical—as a fairy tale of sorts, not to be taken literally as it was for a century and a half following Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
Evolutionary science has deepened. However, College Board continues to put “iron bands” around the brains of America’s youth and its teachers by dictating in its biology course and testing framework that the Darwinian theory of natural selection is “the major mechanism of evolution.” It gives 24 pages to natural selection in its most recent AP Biology course and exam framework…
Richard Phelps: I don’t have a background in biology, but there is a problem with the AP exams in that they tend to side with whomever is in power at the time.Suzan Mazur, “Richard Phelps Weighs In on College Board Natural Selection Racket” at Oscillations
It goes on and gets way better. You’ll be amazed at the idiocracy that the testing establishment takes for granted and promotes. Read at her site about how one testcrat even administered the same test twice, a fact advertised on the internet… and more. By the way, why don’t we hear much about this from other science writers?
Put another way: If natural selection explained as much as the College Board exam moguls think, they themselves would have been “eaten” a long time ago. They should be glad it isn’t true, that life’s more complicated.
The rest of us?… Hey, don’t push us, don’t push us… We’d rather be glad it isn’t true anyway …
See also: At Oscillations: How The College Board Skews Students Toward Darwinism The course and exam framework put heavy emphasis on Darwinism even though, as noted earlier, it simply isn’t treated any more as an explain-all.