Stifling Discussion

Under debate in the state next door: the Louisiana Science Education Act, which would, according to a news report, allow use of supplemental materials in classrooms which promote “critical thinking skills, logical analysis and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.” The National Center for Science Education and Americans United are agin it. They fear it is a way to get religious viewpoints into public schools. That’s not what the text of the bill says, though. It simply says that on these controversial issues, there should be discussion about the controversy. As amended, the bill would give the state board of education review authority over supplemental materials. The sponsor of the bill says critics are missing the point.

Nevers said science teachers need more freedom to explore evolution and other topics, especially since science  textbooks are only updated every seven years.

“All I am asking is to allow current data to be brought into classrooms that allow our children to objectively be taught science,” he said.

The state board of education says it will support the bill only if reference to evolution and origins and other specifics are removed.