Education Commissioner Candidate Cheek Scrutinized

by Rick Howlett on July 10, 2009

Thanks to Ron Smith, Kentucky Public Radio/WEKU, Richmond

As the Kentucky Board of Education continues follow-up work on the four finalists for education commissioner interviewed last week, one of those candidates is getting extra public scrutiny for some papers he wrote in the 1980s on Creationism, in which he questioned the concept of evolution.

Dennis Cheek is now a senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

He told reporters during a break in the interview process this week that his views have moderated, and he doesn’t believe that Intelligent Design should be taught in public schools. Cheek cited a court case on the issue.

“The judge ruled that ID was a concept with heavy religious overtones and not part of the science curriculum and I agree with him,” Cheek said.

The Kentucky Board of Education is expected to announce its choice for education commissioner next Friday.

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bobxxxx July 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Dennis Cheek is a creationist and that makes him unqualified to have anything to do with education.

Geistmeister July 10, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Just because hes a creationist doesnt make him unqualified for the position. The man has an extensive education and great personal background.

Sometimes, evolutionists get so high and mighty in their belief in the theory of evolution, that they forget that it is just a theory and no more valid than Creationism.

viva la 6k old Earth!

Justin July 11, 2009 at 4:21 am

Yes, Evolution IS more valid than Creationism, as it is backed by facts.

“Evolution is just a theory”, yes, which makes it more than Creationism, which is just a fantasy.

anybody who uses that tired excuse clearly doesn’t understand what a theory is.

If evolution were false, then we’d still be using penicillin.

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