Bil Browning

A positive ranking for Indiana? Really?

Filed By Bil Browning | April 05, 2007 9:38 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Living, Politics, You Gotta See This
Tags: America, Indiana, LGBT youth, ranking, schools, United States

Copyright 2002 Scientific American (click to enlarge)

Color me shocked. I don't know why I assumed that Indiana would rank in the lower third of states, but this map of how evolution is taught in schools nation-wide says otherwise. With a child in IPS it's hard to think of any Indiana curriculum as "exemplary..." *grins*

Another stand out is Massachusetts. I fully expected them to rate better than they did. Maine too. Who else messes with your stereotypes?

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No, I have no idea why you'd think that about Indiana, Bil.... :)

But seriously I just tutored a girl in the 9th grade in biology who had to know more info on primate/human evolution than I learned in my entire major in biology. Course that was at Park Tudor.

I'm generally skeptical about these sorts of rankings, though.

Allen J. Lopp | April 5, 2007 3:47 PM

I think we can thank Indiana's excellent university systems for this --- they teach superb science, and they also have a substantial if not dominant influence on the Hoosier culture in which they operate.

Thank you, Indiana University, Purdue University, Indiana State, Ball State, Depauw and others for the great science you teach and the great scientists that come out of your doors. Even Notre Dame --- I know it's Roman Catholic, but I haven't heard anything bad about their science classes, and I doubt that they teach that God created the entire universe in six days in August during the year of 4004 B.C.

And look at all the "red" states surrounding us --- even Illinois! Seeing that lone patch of green in the Midwest is even more reason for us to be proud.