Wed Feb 22, 2017, 08:48 AM


South Dakota bill leaves evolution skepticism up to teachers


South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change.

A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure, which would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss "in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses" of the subjects.

South Dakota is one of at least three states, along with Texas and Oklahoma, considering such a bill. Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee have enacted similar laws, according to Glenn Branch, deputy director of the California-based National Center for Science Education, which opposes the proposal.

Branch said there are concerns that such a bill would embolden some teachers to start presenting creationism in their classrooms.

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Wed Feb 22, 2017, 03:23 PM

1. data driven education

while not always comfortable is always safest. They should allow open debate on all topics but if you cannot support your lesson with peer reviewed scientifically rigorous data then you should not get a free pass to teach it, unless of course you are teaching a course in comparative religion or mythology then go at it!.

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