While the debate rages on over Governor Bobby Jindal’s plan to overhaul education, we know one sure-fire way to improve the quality and credibility of what is taught in Louisiana’s classrooms.
Repeal the 2008 Science Education Act. It was a bad idea then and it remains a bad idea to allow the introduction of “alternate theories” to prevailing, proven, actionable science. This ill-advised law has always been part of a not-so-veiled and politically-driven anti-science crusade. As the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate bluntly states, “in practice the measure pushes a pro-creationist agenda, and gives cover to those looking to teach intelligent design creationism.”
We think religiously-based intelligent design has its place and that is from the pulpit, not in public science classrooms. It is discredited as scientific theory by virtually every credible scientist. Look around. Real science makes our local industries and agriculture possible. No alternate theories needed.
It’s time to put our students first. Science education in Louisiana is a national and global laughingstock, ironically on the watch of a governor who was a former biology major at Brown University.
There are several attempts underway to repeal the Science Education Act. We hope one of them succeeds.
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