Yet another local public school board is flirting with the idea of teaching creationism and costing the district large amounts of money while they lose an inevitable lawsuit. The Springboro school board is considering a bill that would create a long list of “controversial topics” and require that the schools teach contrary viewpoints on them, including evolution and creationism.
Local parents and the American Civil Liberties Union urged the Springboro school board on Thursday to abandon plans to pass policies inserting creationism and other religious issues into local classrooms.
Parents, teachers and students crowded a board meeting at Springboro High School where the board sought comments on policy changes including creation and evolution in a list of controversial issues.
Lynn Greenberg said the renewed consideration of bringing creationism into classrooms was just the latest controversy diverting attention from educating Springboro students.
“We’re being defined by our issues and not our accomplishments,” said Greenberg, a parent.
Greenberg also read a press release issued Thursday by the ACLU of Ohio.
Earlier in the day, the ACLU — for the second time in two years — sent the school board a letter urging them to abandon a proposed policy listing creationism and evolution as “controversial issues” appropriate for discussion by Springboro students.
The ACLU has already written them a letter telling them to back down before a suit is filed, but they may well stick their hand into the fan anyway.