- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state board of education has rejected a proposal to change how biology is taught in South Carolina schools.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the board met Wednesday to discuss a proposal to require biology students to study arguments for and against evolution.

Greenville Sen. Mike Fair recommended the new proposal, saying students should learn other theories. Fair is a member of the Education Oversight Committee, which recommended the new proposal.

Fair, a Republican, has argued in past against teaching natural selection as fact,

“There’s another side,” Fair said in April. “I’m not afraid of the controversy.”

The board’s rejection of the new proposal means that South Carolina will keep the biology standards that have been in effect since 2005.

The president of South Carolinians for Science Education, College of Charleston biology professor Rob Dillon, said he is pleased with the board’s decision.

“I was very gratified by the support for rigorous science education that came from the State Board of Education,” Dillon said Wednesday.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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