Sunday, January 25, 2004
Well, the ignorant are at it again. First Kansas, now Missouri. They want to teach "intelligent design" in the same classroom as evolution, and fire teachers who won't do it.
And check out the "justification." “Our objective is to improve science instruction and make textbooks more accurate,” said Cooper, whose bill was co-sponsored by six other Republican representatives. “We want to create academic freedom to allow this discussion.” Sure, that's all they want.
Make textbooks more accurate by putting bullshit fairy tales in them. It's just beyond belief that there are still people in this world who actually believe this stuff. But then, lots of people believe in astrology and tarot and other crap, too.
Good thing we don't waste any time in schools teaching logic or critical thinking, isn't it?
Evolution battle looms in Missouri:
posted by lazarus |
Lawmakers push alternative theory (quick note: ID isn't a theory, it's a fairy tale. These people don't actually understand what a theory is, apparently. - laz)
Some Missouri lawmakers want the state to force public schools to teach intelligent design as an alternative theory to evolution.
Even if it never becomes law, House Bill 911 figures to toss Missouri into the same furor over origin-of-life science that embroiled the Kansas State Board of Education in recent years.
Many science educators in Missouri are distressed, said Rebecca Litherland, a past president of the Science Teachers of Missouri and the science coordinator for Columbia Public Schools.
"I thought, 'Oh, my gosh, we're going to become Kansas.'"
The bill, which Republican Rep. Wayne Cooper of Camdenton said was brought to him by individuals in the St. Louis area, also would require school science curriculums to define evolution as a theory resting on a historical hypothesis that has not, and cannot, be proved.
He figures it has a 50-50 chance of getting out of committee and onto the House floor.
>“Our objective is to improve science instruction and make textbooks more accurate,” said Cooper, whose bill was co-sponsored by six other Republican representatives. “We want to create academic freedom to allow this discussion.”
The seven-page bill defines scientific terms and how they should be applied to the teaching of evolution and intelligent design. It would require equal treatment of both theories, in the amount of textbook space and the time spent in classroom instruction.
If the measure becomes law, teachers who do not follow its requirements could lose their jobs.
Every science classroom would have to post a copy of the law on the wall.