Because science isn’t determined by what we observe, it’s based on the opinions of lawmakers – by Godless Teens

January 24, 2013 in General

Looks like my home state of Colorado wants to enact a bill that would give them the right to spew crap towards students. I read it myself. Here are some key points in it:

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FURTHER FINDS THAT THE TEACHING OF SOME SCIENTIFIC SUBJECTS, SUCH AS BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION, THE CHEMICAL ORIGINS OF LIFE, GLOBAL WARMING, AND HUMAN CLONING, CAN CAUSE CONTROVERSY AND THAT SOME TEACHERS MAY BE UNSURE OF THE EXPECTATIONS CONCERNING HOW THEY MAY PRESENT INFORMATION ON SUCH SUBJECTS.

Ohz noez, not contriverzy!

…TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WITHIN PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS THAT ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS, LEARN ABOUT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS, AND RESPOND APPROPRIATELY AND RESPECTFULLY TO DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES.

In other words, evolution is just an opinion and isn’t an established scientific theory.

…AND REVIEW IN AN OBJECTIVE MANNER THE SCIENTIFIC STRENGTHS AND SCIENTIFIC WEAKNESSES OF EXISTING SCIENTIFIC THEORIES COVERED IN A GIVEN COURSE.

This is a common attack that creationists use on scientific theories such as evolution, where they try to introduce legislation that allows teachers to identify “weaknesses” in the theory.

…THIS ARTICLE MUST NOT BE CONSTRUED TO PROMOTE ANY RELIGIOUS OR NONRELIGIOUS DOCTRINE…

Which is why you speak specifically about evolution, a well-established scientific theory? Anyhow, this clause is essentially worthless.

Listen, guys, teachers don’t determine what is and is not science; scientists do. But if you teach to a class of kids that evolution is a very weak theory (which it most certainly isn’t), then you’re going to find out that teachers determine the future of science- and that’s bad. We already saw with my English teacher earlier this year- she wanted us to believe that there was scientific evidence for a Flood. What the hell?

You know, if you’re really concerned about our children learning what is actually science, find a group of, y’know, scientists. Not thousands of teachers each with their own individual plans an beliefs who are susceptible to bias.

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