Brogdon, a Republican from Oklahoma, said science teachers in his locality fear retribution for bringing up alternative theories on a wide range of subjects, not only on evolution but stem cell research as well. The “Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act,” SB 320, barely didn’t make it out of committe. A vote of 7-6 prevented the bill from coming out of committee for a full vote by the House.
The bill is suppose to “help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories pertinent to the course being taught.” This applies not only to evolution but other scientific theories as well.
Brogdon said he did not mandate anything in his legislation, other than to allow teachers and students to have “an open dialogue on many types of issues.”
Here is what SB 320 says…
“Directing State Board of Education, district boards of education, and certain administrators to create certain environment within schools; permitting teachers to help students understand certain information about scientific theories; disallowing State Board of Education, district boards of education, and certain administrators from prohibiting teachers from helping students understand certain information about scientific theories; providing for evaluation of students based on understanding of course materials; prohibiting penalizing of students for holding certain position on scientific theories; prohibiting certain construction; directing State Department of Education…”
The bill obviously undermines the dictatorship which is currently going on in America’s method of teaching science because it allows more freedom in learning scientific theories.
In another part of the country, Mississippi wanted to put a disclaimer in text books, which stated, “evolution as “a controversial theory.” This idea also died in committee, but government officials in Mississippi plan to try and pass an Academic Freedom bill of their own next year.
One really wonders the effort of trying to put a disclaimer, it’s quite obvious, that evolution is a controversial theory. Officials in Mississippi should focus more on allowing strengths and weaknesses to be taught in all scientific theories.