Friday, May 08, 2009

Florida Academic Freedom Bill Dead

NCSE reports that the Florida bill that would have injected "critical thinking" into the study of evolution in the public schools has died a horrible and ugly death in committee. The bill, sponsored by Stephen Wise, Republican from Jacksonville, would have introduced ID into the curriculum. He said at the time:
"You just never know. They use the courts all the time. I guess if they have enough money they can get it in the courts," he said. "Someplace along the line you've got to be able to make a value judgment of what it is you think is the appropriate thing."
Florida Citizens for Science responded this way:
Mandating “critical analysis” of evolution has been done before in other states with disastrous results. We don’t need to put Florida through the same painful learning process that Ohio had already gone through a few years ago. Once the work began on deciding how to implement “critical analysis” there, it was discovered that the concept was nothing more than an attempt to impose creationist teachings. The proposed lesson plan was riddled with distortions of scientific knowledge/methods pulled directly from old creationist arguments. Ohio eventually dropped the whole idea of “critical analysis” evolution and washed their hands of it.
It is nice to see something like this die away quietly.

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