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  •  Great, great diary! (3+ / 0-)

    This brings up an issue that has always disturbed me about these anti-science fanatics: they are actually impeding kids' ability to compete with students who get an accurate science education. And the fact that so many supporters of teaching a particular religious belief as science in public schools are home schoolers suggests that this is part of the dominionist theocratic effort to capture all institutions of American life and place them under Biblical law, an agenda that many of the drivers of the current anti-abortion push have. They desperately want to control what other people think, say, and do. They love to present themselves as hyperpatriots, using words like 'liberty" and "freedom." But they are the arch-enemies of liberty and freedom.

    I think Kopplin is incorrect that these students can't get jobs though. I'll bet they could work for right-wing evangelical ministries and groups like the Louisiana "Family" Forum, spreading lies!

    Just one thing about the diary; you never explicitly state what the Louisiana Science Education act says or does. One can assume from reading that it somehow allows or mandates or doesn't forbid the teaching of creationism along with evolution. But it never really says exactly what it provides. I'd be interested to know.

    Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

    by anastasia p on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 03:55:44 PM PDT

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    •  Explanation (3+ / 0-)

      Quoting from the National Center for Science Education, which quotes from Dr. Barbara Forrest:

      Writing in the Shreveport Times (July 18, 2010), Barbara Forrest blasted the Louisiana Science Education Act, which opened the door for creationism to be taught in the state's public schools. Responding to the executive director of the Louisiana Family Forum, who in a previous column praised "the courage of our policy writers," she replied, "The LFF announced on their website that they wrote the bill. They were assisted by the Discovery Institute (DI), a creationist think tank in Seattle that has hawked 'intelligent design' for almost two decades." She also noted the anomaly of the bill's including a disclaimer prohibiting "discrimination for or against religion or non-religion": "But legislation that is about real science education need not include religion disclaimers," she explained. "Disclaimers are typically included in creationist laws, which are precisely about promoting religion." Additionally, she observed, it was creationists who were foremost in pushing for the bill. "Public school science teachers did not request this law. On the contrary, they opposed it." Forrest, a member of NCSE's board of directors and of Louisiana Coalition for Science's board of directors, is Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University and the coauthor with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse (revised edition: Oxford University Press, 2007).

      •  It doesn't say (1+ / 0-)
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        what it specifically demands or mandates. Does it tell teachers they MUST teach creationism also? Does it prohibit them from teaching evolution or from teaching evolution without also teaching creationism? Or does it tell them they have to "teach the controversy" or to add a caveat if they teach evolution? Does it address non-creationist faith beliefs? I don't have a sense of how dictatorial it is, what teachers must or must not do, and if there is any oversight or penalties.

        Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

        by anastasia p on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 04:50:14 PM PDT

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