A pair of Republican legislators in Missouri, Rick Brattin (R-District 55) and Andy Koenig (R-District 99), have submitted a bill, HB 1472, that would allow parents to remove their kids from any class that teaches about evolution in public schools in that state. The text of the bill:
1. Any school district or charter school which provides instruction relating to the theory of evolution by natural selection shall be required to have a policy on parental notification and a mechanism where a parent can choose to remove the student from any part of the district’s or school’s instruction on evolution. The policy shall require the school district or charter school to notify the parent or legal guardian of each student enrolled in the district of:
(1) The basic content of the district’s or school’s evolution instruction to be provided to the student; and
(2) The parent’s right to remove the student from any part of the district’s or school’s evolution instruction.
2. A school district or charter school shall make all curriculum materials used in the district’s or school’s evolution instruction available for public inspection under chapter 610 prior to the use of such materials in actual instruction.
Why only evolution? There is virtually not a single subject taught in public schools that isn’t objectionable to some set of parents, almost always on religious grounds. Can a geocentrist parent opt their child out of any class that teaches that the earth revolves around the sun? What about a flat earther? Or a holocaust denier? Why do they single out this one set of parents who object to the teaching of this one particular subject and say they alone have the right to pull their kids out? Because the sponsors of the bill agree with them, of course. Screw anyone they don’t agree with. I think that’s called “special rights,” isn’t it?