…And this time it may be moving to the legislature. Some choice quotes:
And Friday, State Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Brandon, filed just such a bill that would create an “Academic Freedom Act” and protect the right of teachers to “objectively present scientific information relevant to the full range of scientific views regarding chemical and biological evolution.”
This shouldn’t be controversial at all. Teachers should have the right to objectively present material in the classroom.
Interestingly, during the debate on the standards, Stemberger and other opponents of the new standards said they were not pushing for the teaching of “any other theory of the origin of life.” They said they want evolution taught but not as “dogma,” and in a way that allows “critical analysis” of it.
Which is my position as well. We shouldn’t be indoctrinating our children with dogma, but instead teaching them critical thinking.
On the day the state board voted, Stemberger called adding the phrase “scientific theory” a “meaningless and impotent change.”
Which it is, as I’ve pointed out.
Whatever happens in Florida, it’s going to be interesting.