It’s Controversial

Science is controversial, at least according to Tennessee Republicans.

The Tennessee state legislature passed HB368 yesterday, a bill which mandates that public school teachers intentionally muddy the views of their pupils by teaching junk science alongside actual science. Because real science is controversial.

The teaching of some scientific subjects, including, but not limited to, biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning, can cause controversy . . . The state board of education, public elementary and secondary school governing authorities, directors of schools, school system administrators, and public elementary and secondary school principals and administrators shall endeavor to assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies.

I assume this means presenting the views of Pat Robertson and the brilliant minds at Fox News alongside the scientific consensus of NOAA, NASA, and the United Nations.

Republicans are unique in their denial of climate change among the world community. It isn’t “controversial” in the rest of the industrialized world. Neither is evolution. It’s a generally accepted fact.

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  • http://twitter.com/beckykutz Becky Stinson Kutz

    Oh, Bob. There you go again with the word “fact.” See, to the clowns, the phrase “scientific theory” is their version of a gotcha. They take the word “theory” and use it so that means “it may or may not be true.” They don’t have a clue what the scientific method is, what it means to be a scientist, etc. As long as it’s just a theory, it means nothing to them.

  • majii

    Good luck, graduates of TN public high schools when you start college and discover in your first biology class that you don’t know squat because your heads are filled with science taught with a huge dose of religious indoctrination. As a retired public school teacher, I’ve never understood why parents in some southern states demand the best quality education for their kids and then screw it up by mandating that pure science be mixed with religion and that certain material not be taught because it “offends” their “sensibilities.” I’ve watched this movement here in GA, and it seems that these people are incapable of learning anything. GA is always at the bottom in academic performance, but these tools keep insisting on dictating what is contained in curriculums throughout the state–even though the majority of them have no degrees and no teacher training in any area. This attitude has helped me to understand why radio entertainers like Lumbaugh and Beck are their “go to” sources for information on any topic/subject.

  • muselet

    Create a controversy by screaming that there’s a controversy, then demand that time be taken from teaching reality to promote the notion that there’s an actual controversy. It’s a particularly nasty scam.

    I hate these yahoos.

    –alopecia