The news story, Creationism discussion slated in Springboro, says that the topic of including creationism in classroom instruction will come up at a meeting of the School Board tonight. We found their website here, and it indicates that they’re having a meeting on 23 May, but there’s no link to an agenda.
The news article says: “Several school board members want to include creationism in classroom instruction.” That’s pretty raw — they’re not even going stealth by calling it Intelligent Design. Among those who want this new policy is board President Kelly Kohls. We checked her out at the board’s website and she’s a professional nutritionist — besides being a creationist, of course.
The news story also says the board has received a warning letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, but they plan to go ahead anyway. This may be bad for the kiddies, but it’ll be fun for us. We’re also told that:
Sex education, legalization of drugs, evolution/creation, pro-life/abortion, contraception/abstinence, conservatism/liberalism, politics, gun rights, global warming and climate change and sustainable development also would be issues deemed appropriate for discussion in Springboro classrooms, according to the proposed policy.
How very stylish! With all of that going on, when will the kiddies learn anything useful? You know, stuff like math, science, history, maybe even some things like grammar and English composition. Does any of that get taught in Springboro?
Only one member of the Board, Don Miller, has said he opposes the proposed policy. He’s a financial analyst. Looking at the Board’s website, we see that the other Board members are David Petroni, who works for a real estate developer, and Wendy Kull, who has some kind of job in mortgage lending. There’s also Jim Rigano, who has a degree in Chemical Engineering. On paper they don’t look like a bunch of creationists, but that seems to be what they are.
Rigano is quoted as saying that the proposal is “an attempt to ensure we’re not indoctrinating one point of view or another.” Right — gotta teach creationism so the kiddies don’t get indoctrinated.
The article also quotes the Board’s attorney, Hollie Reedy. We don’t know what cases she’s been reading, but they quote her as saying: “Schools may teach about controversial topics and may debate controversial topics in classrooms. Currently, though, Ohio’s science standards teach evolution.”
With advice like that, what could go wrong? If we find any news about what happened at tonight’s meeting, we’ll let you know.
Correction: Hollie says she’s not the Board’s attorney. That being the case, we don’t know why the news story quoted her. But someone is advising the Board, and if that person is doing a good job, it doesn’t look like the Board is paying attention.
Update: According to this, Springboro parents weigh in on creationism debate, most parents at the meeting opposed creationism, and so did teachers. The creationism proposal wasn’t adopted. But the Board president says she’ll bring the subject up again in the future.
See also: Ken Ham Supports the Springboro School Board.
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