In Maine, the new acting education commissioner is a creationist who believes Biblical creationism should be taught in the public school science classroom.
Republican Governor and tea party darling Paul LePage has appointed Bill Beardsley as Maine’s acting education commissioner. Both men believe that creationism should be taught in public school.
Both LePage and Beardsley ran for governor in 2011, and both were asked the following question during a debate:
Do you believe in creationism, and do you think it should be taught in Maine public schools?
LePage backed up his belief in creationism with an inarticulate word salad:
I would say intelligence, uh, the more education you have the more knowledge you have the better person you are and I believe yes and yes.
While Beardsley’s reply was brief and to the point:
I would teach creationism.
In the same debate candidates were asked:
Do you believe global warming is in large part caused by human activities?
To which Beardsley replied:
In short, the head of education for the state of Maine rejects both evolution and climate change.
I believe we should be focusing on our economy rather than chasing after issues that haven’t been proven in science.
Raw Story reports Beardsley served as president of LePage’s alma mater, Husson University, from 1987 to 2010, and he also served as LePage’s conservation commissioner in 2011 until the position was absorbed into the Department of Agriculture in 2012.
Bangor Daily News reports the term for an acting commissioner is six months, but if LePage wishes, he can appoint Beardsley for the position permanently. The appointment would then go to hearings by the Education Committee and the Board of Education, which, if approved, would then go to the State Senate for a final confirmation vote.
Bottom line: In Maine, science and students lose.