Montana Republicans Join the Inanity
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10013) 7 years ago
Ars Technica wrote:
Each year, January brings a new legislative calendar and, with it, a new round of bills that attempt to interfere with science education. Typically, these bills target evolution and/or climate change and are based on boilerplate text, but each year brings some intriguing variations on the theme. This year's haul is impressive with several states already active.

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Rest assured, the controversies we have regarding these subjects are not scientific, and therefore they do not belong in a science class. And although the wording doesn't indicate as such, the bills are intended to provide legal cover for teachers who bring in material that promotes creationist arguments, such as textbooks and other literature produced by creationist movements.

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Montana is also about to join in the inanity, with a draft bill in progress that takes the opposite approach, broadening the number of controversial topics so that the list is "including but not limited to biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, random mutation, natural selection, DNA, and fossil discoveries." Again, it provides legal cover for teachers who want to introduce spurious information, but this time it invites complete chaos by stating "all theories and viewpoints must be allowed if true critical thinking is to be encouraged." Given that there are about as many points of view on these topics as there are citizens of Montana, it's not clear what teachers could possibly do with such instructions.

Again, the legislator behind the bill, Clayton Fiscus (R-District 46), introduced nearly identical legislation last year.

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http://arstechnica.com/sc...islatures/
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11898) 7 years ago
When I was a kid, the USA was all about SCIENCE and being the world leader in TECHNOLOGY. Now, we are sliding back in the Dark Ages. Pathetic.
As Neil deGrasse Tyson (who will be in Bozeman next month) says, science happens whether you believe in it or not. Unfortunately, scientific advancement doesn't happen unless you study science.
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