Creationist ‘teach the controversy’ bill presented in Iowa Legislature

Image: Amy Watts / Creative Commons

Image: Amy Watts / Creative Commons

The Iowa State Legislature has introduced a creationist-friendly bill that would require public school teachers to present competing ideas to students on subjects such as evolution and climate change.

“This bill creates new Code section 279.54 directing the board of directors of each school district to authorize and assist the district’s teachers and administrators to create and foster an environment within the district’s elementary and secondary schools that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories. If a teacher provides instruction relating to evolution, the origins of life, global warming, or human cloning, the teacher must include opposing points of view or beliefs relating to the instruction.”

This is not the first bill of its kind to find it ways into a state legislature and thankfully, many of them die.

However, with those like Betsy DeVos now running the Department of Education, it is likely time we take these bills even more serious than before.

Hopefully, Iowa does the right thing here.

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