Idiotic Iowa Bill Forcing Science Educators to Teach “Opposing Points of View” Dies in Committee March 7, 2017

Idiotic Iowa Bill Forcing Science Educators to Teach “Opposing Points of View” Dies in Committee

Last week, I posted about Iowa’s House File 480, a Republican-sponsored piece of legislation that would have required public school teachers who brought up evolution, global warming, the origins of life, or human cloning to “include opposing points of view or beliefs relating to the instruction.” Even when there were no credible opposing points of view.

IowaScience

Beyond just permitting teachers to bring up pseudoscientific nonsense like Creationism or climate change denial, this would have forced them to introduce students to bullshit instead of ideas actually backed up by the evidence.

The good news is that the deadline for the bill to move through committee has come and gone. No action was taken. That means this bill is now expired and rotting like old milk in the fridge — but these are Iowa Republicans. You know they’ll try to dismantle science education the next chance they get. All the more reason to keep watching them and push back when necessary.

(via National Center for Science Education. Portions of this article were published earlier)

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