Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Digging the Truth
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology has issued a statement about the grossly misnomered "Louisiana Science Education Act," urging the citizens and legislators of Louisiana to repeal it:
The Act was drafted under the guise of “academic freedom” and appeals to cherished values of fairness and free speech. However, SVP says the Act intends to garner support and legal protection for the introduction of religious, creationist concepts, including intelligent design, in public school science curricula. By permitting instructional materials that are not reviewed by the state’s science standards committees, the Louisiana Act and those like it encourage teachers and administrators to work outside these standards. This makes it possible for local school boards to define science and science education to suit their own agendas, thereby compromising the quality of science education for students, and allowing religious discrimination in America’s public school science classrooms.The Society is hardly alone.
C'mon Louisianans! Don't make the Society come hunt you along with the other dodos!