I was appalled by the statements made by the Brainerd School Board chair dismissing the theory of evolution, as reported by the Dispatch, this week. The theory of evolution, or, more accurately, the study of how living things change over time, is one of the bedrocks of modern science. It has been documented for the last century and three-quarters by field observation, lab tests, and genetic tests. It has been understood in much greater detail, expanded, and built upon. It is no more controversial than gravity. My anthropology students at Mississippi State University in 1969 were more aware of this than our Brainerd School Board chair seems to be. I fervently hope the biology department teachers will be allowed to do their jobs as they so competently are, without having to deal with outdated nonsense.

Pam Landers