The last time we reported on a local school board election in which creationism was an issue was School Board Election in Durango, Colorado. Now we have another.
In The Sentinel of Carlisle, Pennsylvania we read Candidates answer questions in school board debate. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
[There are] six hopefuls vying for four open seats on the Carlisle Area School Board. They answered questions on topics as diverse as budget priorities, school safety, teacher-administration relations and the teaching of creationism in the classroom.
They appeared at a “candidates’ night hosted by the League of Women Voters.” As we always do, we’ll skip the issues that don’t interest us, and jump right to the creationism. That’s the last three paragraphs of the article. Here we go:
One question from the audience asked candidates what they thought of legislation by state Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-199, that would allow creationism to be taught as a legitimate science in public school classrooms.
Bloom’s bill? We wrote about that when it was only a proposal — see Pennsylvania Creationism: A Bill for 2013? Here’s another link to Bloom’s page at the Pennsylvania legislature’s website. We refer to him as the creationist rural sociologist.
We looked for “R-199,” but we can’t find it among the bills that Bloom has sponsored. So we read the bill with that number (actually it’s HB 199), and it’s about license plates, not about creationism. However, Bloom is sponsoring House Bill 1552, which would prohibit adopting the proposed common core standards. It’s not the “academic freedom” bill he was promoting, but it just might do the job.
Anyway, let’s get back to the question that was put to the school board candidates. This is what happened:
Five of the six candidates thought the teaching of creationism was a matter of faith best left to families and the church. The consensus was that creationism did not belong in any form in a public school setting.
That’s good. That’s very good. Ah, but then we’re told this:
Smith [Jason Smith, an incumbent Republican] said he thought creationism should be included in the context of teaching students the history of science and scientific theory. As another example, Smith cited the now-dead theory of spontaneous generation that held that living organisms could arise directly from nonliving material.
That could be okay. There’s no mention of what anybody said about Bloom’s bill, so that’s all we know. But Bloom is up to something, and we’ll be looking for it.
Election results: School Board Elections Update — 06 Nov 2013.
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