By Hemant Mehta
Senate Resolution 17 in Indiana passed this week on a 40-9 vote. While resolutions don’t always get attention because they’re usually symbolic in nature, this one is especially pernicious. It reinforces “support of teachers who choose to teach a diverse curriculum”… which is a fancy way of saying that teachers who chose to bring Creationism and Intelligent Design into their lessons about evolution should face no real consequences.
Just look at the language:
Whereas, The Indiana General Assembly further understands the recommendation by the U.S. Congress, as stated in the report language of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, namely, “Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution), that the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics can generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect society”
Apparently the “full range of scientific views” includes bullshit and pseudoscience.
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