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St. George • Parents in southwest Utah are concerned that increased science and engineering programs in schools could open the doors for a mess of political agendas they don't want their children learning, such as evolution, climate change and birth control.

The St. George Spectrum reports that a Washington County School District meeting Thursday devolved as parents worried the Science and Engineering Education Standards proposal wording was too vague and made it possible to indoctrinate children what some say are questionable beliefs.

The standards are meant to align students with current science education integrated with engineering principles such as problem solving. The program is an attempt to move away from memorization-based science education.

Teachers at the meeting said they did not want to yet again build a lesson plan from scratch.