gin & kerosene (ugly_boy) wrote in endcreationism,
gin & kerosene

Biology textbook debate in Louisiana

Many of you will remember that the state of Louisiana passed a law in 2008 that opens the door to teaching Creationism in biology classrooms. Or, in the words of the Louisiana Science Education Act, it instructs teachers to promote “"critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.” (I'm dying to know if anyone out there studied human cloning in high school biology; I don't think it ever came up in the two years of honors and Advanced Placement biology I took.)

The issue is currently heating up, as members of the Christian Louisiana Family Forum, associated with the national organization Focus on the Family, are interfering with biology textbook selection. Basically, they're complaining that the books give appropriate coverage to evolution, without injecting any Intelligent Design or Creationism. The crazy thing is that they might actually have a case. I vehemently oppose teaching ID/Creationism in biology classes, but state law could be interpreted as requiring "balanced" coverage. Anyway, here are three rather brief stories that provide more background:

- Textbooks Under Siege in Louisiana from the always excellent National Center for Science Education
- Louisiana Citizens Horrified that there’s Evolution in Science Books
- La. Panel Recommends New Biology Textbooks—apparently the scientifically accurate textbooks were approved, but I suspect this story isn't over just yet.
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