Retired Bemidji State University biology Professor Evan Hazard questioned proposed eighth grade and high school life science standards for evolution, saying they should be based on scientific fact and not on unproved theories.
A proposed standard says the "student will understand how evolution provides a scientific explanation for the fossil record of ancient life forms, as well as the striking similarities observed among the diverse species of living organisms."
noted that a benchmark for another standard calls for students to "be able to explain how scientific innovations and new evidence can challenge accepted theories and models, including cell theory, atomic theory, theory of evolution, plate tectonic theory, germ theory of disease, Big Bang theory."
Several speakers, however, refuted Hazard
from among the 70 people who attended the hearing.