Flat earth revisted?
In keeping with Arizona’s national reputation as Kooksville, one of our leaders has introduced a bill aimed at allowing science teachers to explain that man had no hand in global warming and that evolution is some crackpot’s idea of a joke.
Sen. Judy Burges has decided – with what suspiciously looks like a little help from the American Legislative Exchange Council – that the schools can’t be trusted to teach real science to our kids.
Thus comes Senate Bill 1213, which says Arizona officials “shall not prohibit any teacher in this state from helping pupils understand, analyze critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and weakness of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught.”
The scientific theories listed: evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming and human cloning.
Burges’ bill appears to spring from ALEC, the business-oriented lobby that keeps many of our legislators in its hip pocket and just coincidentially raises a lot of its money from the fossil fuel industry. For several years, ALEC has been pushing “model legislation” that questions whether humans are changing the weather.
Burges, an ALEC member, told Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services that she didn’t get the bill from ALEC but that she believes the schools are suppressing science when it comes to global warming.
“There should be an opportunity for teachers to step up to the plate and give their opinion if they have scientific proof that it isn’t happening, that it’s a natural phenomena, without retribution,” the Sun City West Republican told Fischer.
Reminds me of the old days when a former longtime House Education Committee chairman who was serving as Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham’s education advisor decreed that children should not be corrected by their teacher if they beleive that the earth is flat.
No, really, that happened.