What about using supplemental textbooks that:
(1) stress the inferiority of American capitalism,
(2) stress “the lack of importance of personal responsibility for life choices”,
(3) replace the word “capitalism” throughout their texts with the “kapitalism,”
(4) encourage students study the reasons “the founding fathers were wrong to protect religious freedom in America because religion is a disease”
(5) require that the history of McCarthyism include “how the communist infiltration in U.S. government” was not all that bad
(6) ensure that students study the violent philosophy of the Stalinists in addition to the nonviolent approach of the Nonviolent Communists
What could go wrong?
I think we agree on 'why' this law was passed and the modus operandi of the groups behind it. Each time they pass a law, it gets struck down, and they come up with a new law that seeks to promote creationism/undermine evolution but stay within the confines of what the court has already determined. Rinse and repeat.
I differ in that I think that the courts have so hemmed in what creationists can push, that this law does nothing. It essentially says teachers can bring in supplemental material (but they still have to teach the primary material). Big whoop. I would argue that I have yet to see a teacher disciplined for bringing in extra material (before or after the law) so I don't think it has any meaning. It is totally symbolic.
Regardless of how you feel about the validity of creation stories, though, they are not science. The answers provided in creationism were not arrived at through scientific scrutiny and review and they do not belong in a science class room. Simple as that.
This is where I disagree with you in terms of the importance of this. Think of this hypothetical...you've got a teacher who's a creationist. She "teaches" the text and lays out the case for biological evolution all the while with a wink and a smile to her class. Then, she yanks out text supplied by The Discovery Institute that completely undermines what she just taught. What benefit is that if the goal is to teach the initial information, or is that simply a way to muddy the waters of what is officially being asked to be taught?
Could this work in any other discipline? Teach geology as if we live on an ancient earth, but then allow a creationist teacher to suggest the earth is 10,000 years old in the next breath? what if we did it with history and you mentioned the holocaust, and then in the next breath taught that it wasn't real?
I am arguing from an academic freedom standpoint.
Let's teachers teach.
They could do that before. Or to be a little clearer, if they would have done that before they would not have been disciplined.
I am arguing from an academic freedom standpoint. Let's teachers teach. If they want to bring in crazy supplemental material that is between them, the students, the parents and the principal. It should not be legislatively prohibited statewide because a teacher "might" not teach it "correctly." That is just arrogant and authoritarian.
You have yet to provide any instance of this happening in a public school outside of this one claim. It goes directly against the law in place and you act like it is happening in every school in Louisiana.
You are the lost cause in this thread. Or you are just the typical angry atheist, I don't care which.
I imagine a lot of you who support this trojan horse of a law will quickly change your mind once someone starts teaching non-Christian creation.
Lay those out please
Bottomline: I suspect either you didn't really read the post you're responding to, or you are simply out of your depth on the subject.
We're talking about middle school and high school teachers, here. Not some Ph.D'd professor in a University that does his own research.
There is no academic basis behind Creationism. It's fabricated nonsense.
Most teachers teach what the book tells them to teach. That's why Creationism doesn't appear in a science book and is not taught.
That seems like a much better system than "STICK TO THE BOOK"
Most of my best teachers did not stick to the book. Most of my mediocre ones did.
what you call "holes" are more like minor variations
Why are some people so afraid of something they don't believe in?
Guess I just disagree here.
To enact R.S. 17:285.1, relative to curriculum and instruction; to provide relative to the teaching of scientific subjects in public elementary and secondary schools; to promote students' critical thinking skills and open discussion of scientific theories; to provide relative to support and guidance for teachers; to provide relative to textbooks and instructional materials; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for effectiveness; and to provide for related matters.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:
Section 1. R.S. 17:285.1 is hereby enacted to read as follows:
Â§285.1. Science education; development of critical thinking skills
A. This Section shall be known and may be cited as the "Louisiana Science Education Act."
B.(1) The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, upon request of a city, parish, or other local public school board, shall allow and assist teachers, principals, and other school administrators to create and foster an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that promotes 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.
(2) Such assistance shall include support and guidance for teachers regarding effective ways to help students understand, analyze, critique, and objectively review scientific theories being studied, including those enumerated in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection.
C. A teacher shall teach the material presented in the standard textbook supplied by the school system and thereafter may use supplemental textbooks and other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner, as permitted by the city, parish, or other local public school board unless otherwise prohibited by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
D. This Section shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.
This is bull shite right here and you know it
E. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and each city, parish, or other local public school board shall adopt and promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this Section prior to the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year.
Section 2. This Act shall become effective upon signature by the governor or, if not signed by the governor, upon expiration of the time for bills to become law without signature by the governor, as provided by Article III, Section 18 of the Constitution of Louisiana. If vetoed by the governor and subsequently approved by the legislature, this Act shall become effective on the day following such approval.