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Oklahoma Opens The Door For Creationism In Schools | Addicting
A new round of bills is making its way through Republican controlled legislatures with almost identical language that will allow teachers to “teach the controversy” about accepted scientific facts. Tennessee just passed theirs and now Oklahoma is next up to the plate of scientific illiteracy.
The bill, adorably called the “Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act,” purports to expand scientific freedom and inquiry but what it really does is make it impossible for proper teachers to dismiss unscientific (read as religious) “arguments” and to allow unethical charlatans posing as teachers to undermine actual science to further a religious agenda. The idea is to “create an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues.” The problem is that “opinion” has no place in the science classroom. It can be my “opinion” that the moon is made out of green cheese, that has no bearing whatsoever on the fact that it is made of rock.