Yesterday we posted Springboro School Board — They’re Back!, about a scheduled vote by the Springboro School Board in Ohio on the topic of teaching creationism in schools. We first wrote about the situation here: Springboro School Board Wants Creationism. Then it turned out that last night’s vote was postponed. But now we learn that despite the postponement, there was some lively action at the Board meeting.
Springboro’s debate over introducing creationism into local classrooms will continue.
That’s a great embarrassment for Dayton, but as a blogger we’re delighted. We love writing about school board folly. The story continues:
“I want to allow that discussion to happen,” Board President Kelly Kohls said. “We’re going to leave it on first reading for quite a while.”
We assume that leaving creationism “on first reading” means that it’s going to be an active item for all forthcoming meetings. Kelly Kohls is becoming a favorite around here. In our first post on this topic we gave you this link to the School Board’s website, where one can learn that Kelly is a professional nutritionist. Let’s read on in the Dayton Daily News:
Before leaving it as a discussion item, the board heard more critical comments from parents, teachers and other residents. “None of the teachers have been talked to about this. Please leave it out of the science classroom,” said Sarah Thornbery, a teacher, school libraian and union representative.
Uppity librarian! We continue:
The criticism continued from the previous meeting on May 23. In addition to local opposition, the ACLU of Ohio and Freedom from Religion Foundation have warned the board against making the change.
Kelly doesn’t care. Can you imagine what a creationist nutritionist must be like? “Eat your asparagus and read your Genesis!” Here’s more:
In 2011, Kohls suggested creationism be added as supplemental curriculum in the district, sparking protests at the local level and from the ACLU and the Freedom from Religion Foundation..
By now she’s heard all the arguments against her policy, and nothing has had any effect. She’s impervious to reason. Moving along:
“These policies violate constitutional principles,” Rebecca Markert, staff attorney for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, said in a letter mailed to Springboro Tuesday. “We urge the board to reject them.”
Also Tuesday, an email newsletter from the Warren County Tea Party urged supporters to write letters to the Springboro district supporting the controversial issues policy change.
The Tea Party is very decentralized. Our impression is that they’re mostly about limited government, lower taxes, lower debt, and lower spending; but some of the local organizations have their own pet issues. That’s how people like Christine “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell get nominated. Here’s the last paragraph, and it’s an eye-opener:
“Will you stand up for our children by telling education it is right to teach students that man-made global warming, evolution and many other topics are controversial, and there are at least two sides, and they must question the resources,” the [Tea Party] newsletter said. Kohls also heads the local tea party.
We found another news story about last night’s meeting at the website of TV station WDTN: Springboro parents debate creationism. We’ll give you only a few excerpts about Kelly:
The board president says the purpose of the plan is to get students to think critically about controversial topics, but not everyone who came to Tuesday night’s meeting is behind it. One resident said, “This policy stifles critical thinking.”
“What we’re looking for in the policy is to create an environment where we can identify and discuss and debate openly, honestly, [both?] sides of controversial issues and the strengths and weaknesses of scientific issues or debates,” said Kelly Kohls, School Board President.
Critical thinking, both sides, strengths and weaknesses — oh yeah, she knows all the standard fuzz phrases. Who’s coaching her — Casey? We get the feeling that we haven’t heard the last of the Springboro School Board.
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