Ever notice how all the wrong people are put in charge of all the wrong things? Indiana’s Senate Education Committee, to use as a completely random example off the top of my head, illustrates the point:
From the Indianapolis Business Journal:
The Times of Munster reported that the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee voted 8-2 Wednesday to send the legislation to the full Senate despite pleas from scientists and religious leaders to keep religion out of science classrooms.
The bill allows schools to authorize “the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life” and specifically mentions “creation science” as one such theory. Creationism is the belief that the Earth and its creatures were created by a deity.
How do these people get assigned to committees? Do they draw names out of a hat? Is there a Sorting Hat? Is that Sorting Hat an uneducated moron? I’m trying to figure out why 8 of 10 senators on the Education Committee think that the science education of Indiana’s youth would be enriched by “creation science”.
I suppose if it is passed, and “creation science” is allowed to be taught, teachers could spend the bare amount of class time on it. All it takes is five seconds to say “God did it”, and then you can spend the rest of the year teaching the students to do real science.
Here’s an idea. If this bill passes, public school teachers should start teaching Creation stories in science classrooms- but Creation stories from all different cultures. Islam, Hinduism, Nordic, Egyptian…there are a wealth of Creation myths from cultures apart from the Judeo-Christian canon. Start teaching those stories and we’ll see how these Republican anti-science senators react. I imagine it would conflict with some of their ideological commitments.
This is precisely the kind of news that makes a reasonable person bleed from the ears. The students of Indiana’s public schools deserve better.