Oour friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) wrote about this almost two weeks ago — see Respite in Florida, but other than copying what they said, there wasn’t much we could add to it. Nevertheless, we want to post about the news — if only to put our graphic on display.
Florida had not one, but two different creationist laws cooking this year, and neither was one of those Discoveroid Academic Freedom bills. Interestingly, no state is currently considering the Discoveroids’ bill. How sad for them — their legislative program is a failure.
Each Florida proposal had a companion bill in both the state House and Senate. The last time we wrote about the two of them was Florida Creationism Bills in Nature.
Had that thing become law, it would permit members of the public to recommend instructional materials for consideration by the state or their district school board, which would then be required to get in touch with the publisher of those materials and allow it to submit a bid for evaluation. It would let any creationist drooler recommend, for example, “educational” material from ol’ Hambo’s creationist ministry, or from the Discovery Institute’s roster of creationist books.
The other proposed law was HB 825, which would allow local school districts to use either the state science standards or alternatives “equivalent to or more rigorous than” them — whatever that means. As amended, it provided that “Controversial theories and concepts must be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner.” We know what they mean by “controversial theories.” That one had a companion bill in the Florida Senate — SB 966, which was introduced by State Senator Dennis Baxley, an undertaker.
Here’s a bit of what NCSE posted:
When the Florida legislature adjourned sine die on March 11, 2018, two pairs of bills that would, in their different ways, have undermined the integrity of science education in the Sunshine State died.
The rest of NCSE’s brief post is a description of the bills and some commentary, but none was from the bills’ sponsors — which would have been amusing. We searched, but couldn’t find anything like that, so we’ll have to be satisfied knowing only that the bills are dead — for this legislative session. But as we’ve learned, creationists never give up, so the same bills are likely to be back next year.
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