We recently wrote about an expected creationism bill that will be introduced in that state’s legislature in the 2013 session. See Discoveroids & Indiana’s 2013 Creationism Bill. The idiocy was expected to be introduced by Indiana Senator Dennis Kruse, and he’s supported by the Discovery Institute.
But there seems to be a change in plans. In the Indianapolis Star we read Indiana senator has plans other than creationism bill. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Sen. Dennis Kruse said today he has no plans to refile a bill allowing schools to teach creationism along with evolution in science classes.
But, Kruse added, he plans instead to pursue legislation that allows students to challenge teachers on issues, forcing them to provide evidence to back up their lessons.
What kind of madness is this? Doesn’t Indiana already have a procedure for selecting textbooks? The story continues:
“I would call it ‘truth in education’ to make sure that what is being taught is true,” Kruse said. “And if a student thinks something isn’t true, then they can question the teacher and the teacher would have to come up with some kind of research to support that what they are teaching is true or not true.”
Won’t that be fun? Let’s read on:
Nate Schnellenberger, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association and a former biology teacher, said he expected that if a student challenged the truth of evolution, a teacher could simply “turn to the textbook and use fossils as an example.”
That won’t satisfy a creationist kid. No amount of evidence ever satisfies a creationist. The kid can just keep demanding more, and more, and more. The class will grind to a halt and the idiot student will think he’s won a great victory. One last excerpt:
Schnellenberger said teachers could be faced with students who don’t believe the United States ever landed on the moon and demand proof. “How would a teacher prove that you did? I just think that it’s not workable,” he said.
It’s definitely not workable. But it just might be constitutional. This is an interesting tactic. Schoolbooks are selected by some presumably knowledgeable process, but now the kiddies will become the final authority. It’ll be a creationist Children’s Crusade.
If the theocrats can’t get things their way, then they’ll just destroy the whole system. The result is the same — a new generation of students with with the minds of Dark Age flat-Earthers.
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