SC panel approves compromise on teaching evolution

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A proposed change in South Carolina's biology standards for teaching evolution is designed to encourage discussion in the classroom.

A six-member panel voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend the compromise to the full state Board of Education and Education Oversight Committee. Approval from both is needed for any change to education standards.

The new version says evolution, like other aspects of science, remains open to new discoveries and experimentation. Oversight committee director Melanie Barton says it means teachers will need to stay up-to-date on scientific discoveries and how they impact evolution.

The compromise wording could end months of disagreement between the boards on how high school students learn about evolution.

Republican Sen. Mike Fair of Greenville had pushed for language calling for students to question Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection.

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