Last month, we asked our readers what issues they wanted to hear the candidates running for office address ahead of November’s general election. Based on the input we received, we developed a five-item questionnaire for candidates running for Kansas State Board of Education District 2.We’ll be publishing the candidates’ responses to one item per day each day this week. Today we’re publishing the candidates’ responses to item #3:The state board of education has in the past debated whether it’s appropriate to teach the concept of intelligent design along with theory of evolution. What are your views on what should and should not be taught to Kansas students in this regard?Melanie Haas (Democrat)Intelligent design is a theory with secular religious roots. It has no basis in factual science and therefore does not have a place in our science classrooms. The facts of evolution have been proven through hundreds of scientific studies at the micro- and macro-evolutionary level and evolution is settled science. Our students (Christian and not) deserve a secular, fact-based public education. There is, potentially, room for including a discussion around intelligent design but strictly through a cultural and anthropological lens. It should not occur in the science classroom but instead within a curriculum that is examining the diverse religious beliefs around the world. By exposing our children to different cultures and belief systems, we can encourage tolerance and mutual respect. Far too often, it is the unknown — the fear of that which is different — that creates so much misunderstanding and hate. Our education system can and should play a vital role in bridging these gaps that divide us.Benjamin Hodge (Republican)Did not respond.Tomorrow we’ll publish the candidates’ responses to item #4:The world that Kansas public school students will graduate into in the coming decades is likely to be very different than the world today. What skills and experiences should Kansas K-12 education be providing students to prepare them for an uncertain future?
Share this:FacebookTwitter NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – In a press conference today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that he will soon sign Executive Order No. 55, which will include TSSAA member schools in an exception to contact sports restrictions. “We appreciate being able to work with Gov. Lee and his staff on this,” said Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “I am pleased that we were able to develop some very specific guidelines for every sport that will allow our kids to get out on their fields and fully participate in football and girls’ soccer this fall.”Campbell Cougar Football Coach Justin Price said, “The governors decision gives us the opportunity to start the season as scheduled. We will continue to follow the TSSAA regulations and the guidelines of our school system as we prepare for the 2020 season.”CCHS had a football player test positive for COVID-19 a couple of weeks ago. As a result all football, basketball, and cheer-leading practices were suspended for the recommended five practices that encompass a 14-day period of time as a precaution. That 14-day period is up on Thursday. Coach Ryan Browning, the new Campbell High Director of Athletics, is expected to meet with coaches on Wednesday.Although contact practice is now permissible, the regulations and requirements for practice and competition adopted by the Board of Control at their July 22 meeting are still in place for all sports and must be followed. Visit the Tennessee Returns to Play page of TSSAA.org for complete details.2020 Campbell County High School FootballAugust 21 Cocke County – AwayAugust 28 Carter – HomeSeptember 4 Oak Ridge – AwaySeptember 11 Seymour – AwaySeptember 18 Gibbs – HomeSeptember 24 Karns – Home – Thursday at 7 pmOctober 2 Powell – AwayOctober 9 Bye WeekOctober 16 Fulton – AwayOctober 23 Clinton – HomeOctober 30 Knox West – HomeAll games are schedule for Fridays with a 7:30 pm kick-off except the Karns game. The Karns game kicks off at 7 pm.“Children across the state are counting on us–school administrators and coaches–to proceed with practices and competitions safely while being very mindful of the requirements and modifications that we have put in place,” Childress added. “Our return to play is a partnership, and it’s important for everyone to do their part.”Once the order is signed, contact may take place in girls’ soccer practice. The Date of First Contest remains as originally scheduled, Aug. 17, with the state championships to be held Oct. 28-31 in Murfreesboro.Football teams were allowed to begin heat acclimatization on July 20th. Each athlete must complete heat acclimatization (2 days of helmets only, 3 days in helmets and shoulder pads) before practicing in full equipment, which is now permitted.No changes to the 2020 football schedule, regular season or otherwise, will be made. The contingency plan for football passed by the Board of Control last week stated that if contact practice could resume prior to Aug. 4, then no contests would be rescheduled. Therefore, the Date of First Contest for football remains as Aug. 21 with state championships Dec. 3-5 in Cookeville.“This is good news for many kids and their families,” Childress added, “but the reality is that the virus will continue to be with us and we have to be smart about taming the spread. Every adult and every participant in every sport must do their part and follow the guidelines set forth by TSSAA and the Governor’s office to help mitigate these risks.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/28/2020-7PM)