By Bertha Vazquez
As a science teacher in Miami-Dade, I am disheartened by Florida’s CS/HB 989. This law extends citizens’ right to challenge what’s taught in their local schools. It may sound very democratic, but it is written to disguise a non-scientific agenda.
It is a good thing that we are raised in this country thinking we should respect alternative points of view, but science is different.
Science is based on the scientific method. Scientists question, observe, experiment and share their results with other scientists, over and over and over again. After years, decades, and even centuries of arduous trial and error, an idea achieves scientific consensus and makes its way into our science textbooks.
This amazing process gives us modern medicine and iPhones and put a man on the Moon. It’s a beautiful, wonderful way of gaining and sharing knowledge, but it’s not easy and often messy.
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