Gus Blackwell, the Republican state representative who introduced the bill, insists that his legislation has nothing to do with religion; it simply encourages scientific exploration. “I proposed this bill because there are teachers and students who may be afraid of going against what they see in their textbooks,” says Blackwell, who previously spent 20 yearsworking for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. “A student has the freedom to write a paper that points out that highly complex life may not be explained by chance mutations.”
HB 1674 goes further than a companion bill under consideration in the state Senate by explicitly protecting students, teachers, and schools from being penalized for subscribing to alternative theories. It does, however, say that children may still be tested on widely accepted theories such as anthropogenic climate change. “Students can’t say because I don’t believe in this, I don’t want to learn it,” Blackwell says. “They have to learn it in order to look at the weaknesses.” (here)
So… They can answer tests about the material presented in class with “God did it.”
This country is stoo-pid.
- Another day, another Oklahoma anti-science bill (dailykos.com)
- Insist That People Coexisted With Dinosaurs… and get an A in Science Class! (richarddawkins.net)
- Oklahoma joins the benighted, tries to pass antiscience bill (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)