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CBC Host's Dr. John West for "The Science Education Controversy"

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PASCO, Wash.--"I thought it was going to be more controversial than it was and I was actually surprised," said Amanda LeCompte.

The shock is surrounding Dr. John West, an expert on the impact Naturalist Charles Darwin's ideas have on public policy and culture, particularly in the classroom.

"We don't teach enough about evolution," said Dr. West. I think students need to learn more about evolution, but that includes both the scientific evidence for it, but also some of the scientific objectives and problems that have been raised by thoughtful scientists."

Political Science professor, Gary Bullert mentions how Dr. West's ideas and arguments reach far beyond the campus walls.

"The meaning and purpose of human existence and the relationship between science and public policy is not just designed to engage the campus community, but the entire community," mentions Gary Bullert, CBC Political Science professor.

One student, who went to an earlier lecture, said Dr. West did his homework.

"He went and he did a lot of research and he told us the facts instead of just relying on opinions," said Amanda LeCompte, Freshman. He didn't show a real opinion. He was very fact based, very balanced.