2019 Top 10 Stories: Honorable mention — School board president’s evolution comments prove controversial
Skeptical statements made by Brainerd School Board President Sue Kern about the theory of evolution and whether it should be taught in the district sparked a flurry of reaction and letters to the editor.
Kern questioned the validity of teaching the theory of evolution to students — particularly those of the Christian faith — during an update on biology curriculum provided to the board. Science teacher Craig Rezac replied the theory of evolution has been well-documented with numerous contributions to the sciences. He added in his view, Christianity and science could coexist. Teaching evolution is mandated by education standards set by the state of Minnesota.
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— Chelsey Perkins