Well, the Sooner state is at it again. The latest in their continuing series of “academic freedom” bills is HB 1674, brought to you by Gus Blackwell, a GOP state representative who spent 20 years working for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. But his bill is not about religion, how could you even think that? No, according to Blackwell, it’s all about scientific exploration.
“I proposed this bill because there are teachers and students who may be afraid of going against what they see in their textbooks. A student has the freedom to write a paper that points out that highly complex life may not be explained by chance mutations.”
To translate from the GOP-ese, the bill allows students to make faith-based claims in their science homework and tests without being graded appropriately. It would forbid teachers from giving a student an “F” on such papers. In plain-speak, it dictates to science teachers what they can accept as legitimate learning in their classroom.
Here is what the bill actually says:
The measure requires the State Board of Education, district boards of education and
administrators to endeavor to create an environment that encourages students to explore
scientific questions and respond appropriately to differences of opinion about controversial
issues. Educational authorities will endeavor to assist teachers to find more effective ways to
present the science curriculum where it addresses scientific controversies and teachers will be
permitted to help students analyze the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific
theories. No student will be penalized because the student subscribes to a particular position on
Okay so essentially if you did not do the reading you can simply answer "God made it" and expect to receive full credit. Way to take all of the science out of a science class, idiots!
Gee I wonder if this will soon apply to math as well?
Teacher: "If f(x) = │(x² – 50)│, what is the value of f(-5) ?"
Student: "I believe the answer is 6, and I don't want you to shake my fundamental faith by suggesting it is otherwise."
Good luck in life kid!
You know I wonder what will happen to students from this school district when they apply to college, or try to get a job where having your own set of facts is not exactly a welcome concept?
I swear these people are dedicated to turning this country into a factory for manufactures drooling, illiterate Republican voting dipshits.