The new Common Core standards for K-12 education has become the latest battleground for people who are trying to hold back the tide of good education because of fears that it will not support religious dogma, anti-science ideology, and conservative political history. In Ohio, A Republican state legislator Andy Thompson is introducing legislation to do this.
Thompson said that clause prevents teachers and schools from only presenting one side of a political and scientific debate — global warming, for example — without also presenting the other side.
And he said the bill gives districts and teachers the freedom to teach religious interpretations of scientific issues as they deem best. That allows “intelligent design” and creationism to be taught alongside evolution, as well as varying views on the age of the earth and whether dinosaurs and people existed at the same time.
Thompson said faith involves belief even when evidence cannot prove something. Asked if faith-based beliefs belong in a science class, he said he is not seeking to require that any beliefs make up a given percentage of a class.
Thompson said all scientific beliefs are open to challenge. He pointed to ancient beliefs that the sun orbited the earth – a belief widely accepted, but which was eventually challenged and disproven.
“In science, the debate is ongoing,” he said.
By requiring multiple sides to be presented, he said the bill will take the “pure politicization” of any issue out of classrooms.
Ah yes, the old ‘multiple sides’ ploy. I wonder if teachers will also be teaching the demon theory of friction? It explains everything about friction, so it must be good, no?
There is so much wrong with Thompson’s argument that one hardly knows where to start except to say that he has absolutely no idea about what science is and how it evolves. There is so much wrong with Thompson’s argument that one hardly knows where to start except to say that he has absolutely no idea about what science is and how it evolves. Perhaps he went to school at the Unlearning Annex. (Caution: Video autoplays.)