Here’s a happy story we all probably need right now.
In 2015 a group called, brace yourselves, Citizens for Objective Public Education filed a lawsuit claiming that education standards in Kansas were favoring atheism by teaching the science behind evolution and climate change.
Y’know, objective public education.
Anyway, judges at every level dismissed the case. It turns out that it’s the job of public schools to teach science, not to lie about what science confirms to avoid hurting religious feelings (and what’s more, if education about scientific conclusions conflicts with your religion, any self-respecting person would ditch the religion).
Anyway, they appealed up to the Supreme Court which, prior to any Trump appointees, declined to hear the case:
Without comment, the high court on Monday rejected COPE’s petition that challenged the science standards as they relate to evolution and climate change. The group has said the standards infringe on the religious rights of parents, children and taxpayers in that they “will have the effect of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”
McNiece said although the Next Generation Science Standards don’t include concepts about creationism, he said that doesn’t mean the theory isn’t discussed by science teachers across the state.
“It’s not that they can’t talk about it,” he said. “They’re not prohibited from talking about it if students ask questions. It probably happens in the classrooms on a more regular basis than people realize but it’s also part of the parents’ responsibility. We still believe parents are the primary educators of their children.”
Yes, because who better to educate children than people who probably had their last contact with science in intro high school classes 20-40 years ago, and who have likely forgotten almost all of what they learned at the time and who couldn’t have even been taught what we’ve learned in the last few decades?
Oooooh! I have an idea! How about scientists? Crazy talk, right?
Anyway, hope this helped cheer everybody up a little bit, because stories like this are going to be pretty scarce for at least a few years.