One Anti-Science Resolution Breezes Through Indiana Senate; Another is Introduced in Alabama House

Mar 1, 2017

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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6 comments on “One Anti-Science Resolution Breezes Through Indiana Senate; Another is Introduced in Alabama House

  • “Biological evolution” generates controversy ? Not in my universe. The theory of evolution by natural selection is among the strongest theories in all of science. Of course it drives a cart and horses through the old Biblical Adam and Eve story of human origins, and maybe that’s why these Christian YECs don’t like it ?

    But no controversy exists. Evolution happens, has happened and will continue to happen, as long as there is life on this planet.



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  • @OP – “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”

    Of course university science courses and competent science teachers, already do this for their specialist subjects!
    The perceived need for legislation, comes from science illiterate muppets, who do not know what “scientific views”, are, or which confirmed scientific discoveries are the key to the modern technical society and the current understanding of science!



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  • @OP – link -A similar piece of legislation was introduced in Alabama last week, and it’s called House Joint Resolution 78.

    … NCSE’s deputy director Glenn Branch explained, “it would send a strong signal that the state legislature approves of Alabama’s public school teachers presenting supposed alternatives to evolution, to climate change, and to any of the material covered in the newly revised state science standards.

    Given that there are no supposed “alternatives” (or in Trump speak – “alternative facts 🙂 ) to the scientific studies on biological evolution or climate change, the whole thing is a dishonest piece of pseudo-science nonsense aimed at allowing deluded evangelical teachers to introduce silly preaching into science classes. – Such people should properly be disciplined or dismissed for wilful incompetence!



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  • I don’t see how Creationism could ever be presented as a scientific view without being legally challenged as to its categorisation as such. If it was presented it should be as an example of a scientifically unsupportable view such that the children can be taught how to identify this and highlight it as such. I hope the more progressive teachers and schools in the state take advantage of this curriculum freedom to this end.



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  • King #4
    Mar 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    If it was presented it should be as an example of a scientifically unsupportable view such that the children can be taught how to identify this and highlight it as such.

    The creationist view can easily be explained in under a minute!

    “We are too uneducated, ignorant, stubbornly buried in dogma, and mentally feeble, to understand science and scientific methodology; THEREFORE god-did-it-by-mysterious-magic! – and we know-it-all!” –
    We will continue shouting about OUR (pseudo-)’scientific views’, because we don’t know what scientific views based on scientific methodology are!”

    This could of course be explained to students by competent science teachers, as an unscientific view, without undue encroachment on teaching time!



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  • So many people wants to rule the world these days. 🙁 There is more and more interference into knowledge by religion. It is terrible. And it is terrible because I do not see that someone is managing to stop this. I don’t know where were professors who don’t agree with this resolution. Are there professors in Indiana who do not agree with this resolution?… and what are they doing (or have done) to stop this? I mean,…if I was under attack I would fight back. I am seeing doctors not fighting back when their profession is under attack. For example, some gynecologists refuse to do abortion because of their religion views. They call it appeal on conscience. Other doctors just stay silent, like it is non of their business. The same is with workers. If one group is attacked, others don’t look that way and mind their own business. “Good people” are not conected, they are not united and they have to be. Evil is.

    We all (on forums and social network) can talk (from our comfortable seats) what someone should do,…we all can debate about it…and it is attractive because it gives you a feeling that you are doing something. It gives us a feeling that we are doing some shifts and progress. But that is an illusion. Real shifts are done in field, not in virtual world. I don’t know where are those professors who are against this reform, but I know that religious ones are in the field, organized and trampling on professors and people who have stuck their faces on computer monitors. 🙁



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