THREE STATES currently are struggling with legislative initiatives that would drive them back into the pre-scientific Dark Ages: Louisiana, Texas (where it’s a state-wide School Board issue), and Michigan.
This is an editorial in Michigan’s Jackson Citizen Patriot: ‘Academic freedom’? Excerpts, with bold added for emphasis:
Five state senators last week introduced a bill that would undermine science teachers as they educate students about evolution and climate change. Senate Bill 1361 would encourage schools to “assist teachers to find more effective ways to present curriculum in instances where that curriculum addresses scientific controversies.”
Make no mistake, the “Academic Freedom Law” does not have that in mind at all.
True. As readers of this blog are aware, such laws are based on a model being promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). It’s alleged to be about “academic freedom,” but it’s really a maneuver to implement their infamous Wedge strategy. Continuing with the editorial:
This bill is trying to push ideas like Intelligent Design and creationism into classrooms. Federal courts already say public schools cannot teach religious-themed scientific ideas, so supporters are looking for a back door in.
Absolutely correct. One more excerpt:
Maybe the legislation’s sponsors should spend a day in a science classroom and see what they would learn.
That would be interesting. No, on second thought let’s not attempt such an experiment. It would be profoundly embarrassing. A bowl of goldfish has more brains than those legislators.