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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,05:52   

Cheri Yecke, Intelligent Design, and Scrubbing the Past

Florida state K-12 education chancellor Dr. Cheri P. Yecke is disputing the accuracy of a newspaper report published back on October 9, 2003. I had quoted that report in a post here on August 30, 2005, so last week I got an email from “ReputationDefenders” saying that they were working for Dr. Yecke, and would appreciate my cooperation in removing or modifying the offending quote.

I’m all for accuracy of content, so what I did was to add a quote from the email just after the disputed quote, showing everyone that the quote is disputed.

Since the dispute centers upon the content of some printed publicity materials given out before a commissioner’s hearing in Minnesota, it seems to me that this is, in principle, a checkable matter: find the printed material and figure out who has got it right, and who has got it wrong. I asked ReputationDefenders about perhaps getting a copy of the material from Dr. Yecke. That was not productive. I called up the original reporter, trying to track things down from that end. Joel said that he has never received a complaint from Yecke over the content of the article. And I asked Ron Matus of the St. Petersburg Times to check into this, since working journalists often can get access to this sort of material quickly. So far, the actual document in question remains unavailable.

Ron Matus has a news item in the St. Petersburg Times relating developments on this so far. I’m hoping that with this publicity, someone will come forward with the document that I’m looking for to make a definitive determination on what really was the case back in 2003.

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: June 29 2007,18:13   

I'll note that now it is unassailably documented that Yecke did indeed tell people that local school districts in Minnesota could teach ID if they wanted to.

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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: June 29 2007,21:19   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ June 29 2007,18:13)
I'll note that now it is unassailably documented that Yecke did indeed tell people that local school districts in Minnesota could teach ID if they wanted to.

Well done.  I love the smell of burnt creationist in the morning etc...

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Kristine



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(Permalink) Posted: June 30 2007,18:03   

Being that Minnesota's my state I wish I had information on this that would contribute something new, but I don't...she really didn't do that much while here, not being confirmed and all (and being confused and all).

I just find it interesting that she's cutting and running from an ID curriculum now.

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: July 01 2007,02:29   

I suspect, but cannot substantiate, that Yecke sought to distance herself from the loser label "intelligent design" without actually committing herself to an explicit repudiation of the antievolution content behind the label. The issue is that "intelligent design" advocacy now is apparently widely regarded as a negative thing.

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