It may not be a new theory, but it is a new term for Florida classrooms.
In a 4-to-3 vote, Florida education officials voted Tuesday to use the term "Scientific Theory of Evolution" in its new science standards in public schools.
Until now, the term "Scientific Theory of Evolution" was not a standard in Florida’s science standards for public schools.
However, after a last-minute change depicting the concept put forward by Charles Darwin as merely a theory, the Florida Board of Education voted 4-to-3 to include the new language.
"I think it's ok because we had it when I was in school. I think it would be fine," says Bevlyn Baxter, a resident in Marianna.
"If they choose to teach that in the classroom, that's their protocol. But I'd say they should teach more of creation and not evolution," says Earl Dawson, another Marianna resident.
"I don't think it's all that new because I was taught evolution in school. However, I'm a Christian. I believe in creationism, that we were put here by God. But if they want to teach both theories as a theory that's fine," says Marianna resident Nancy Kent.
At Marianna High School, Principal Randy Ward says he's going to be sure he follows whatever the state board puts in place for teaching standards.
"We'll be teaching what the state tells us to teach and how to teach. We will present it so it allows the students to have the information they need to think critically and decide for themselves what they think is right," Principal Ward said.
And, he says that means teaching all scientific "theories".
According to the United Press, the basics of evolution are taught in Florida starting in the sixth grade and accelerate in ninth-grade science classes to include genetics and prehistoric human ancestors.