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Down with science

Gazette staff March 6th, 2013

Science homework might be a little easier for Oklahoma students in the near future, depending on how you look at it. House Bill 1674 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, R-Laverne, would allow students to turn in schoolwork that challenges “controversial topics” such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming and human cloning” without adverse consequences, such as a pesky bad grade. It also will force teachers to come up with more creative ways of handling such subjects.

Credit: Brad Gregg

The slyly named Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act narrowly passed out of a House committee, despite it having drawn the usual ridicule from the national mainstream media who defend such piffle as “climate change,” “gravity” and “the orbit of the planets.”

Blackwell has insisted HB 1674 has nothing to do with mixing religion into science class.

“There are teachers and students who may be afraid of going against what they see in their textbooks,” he has said. “A student has the freedom to write a paper that points out that highly complex life may not be explained by chance mutations.”

Moreover, Blackwell contends his measure wouldn’t give children carte blanche to ignore stuff they don’t want to believe, adding that “they have to learn it in order to look at the weaknesses.”

If passed, the bill would take effect July 1, just in time for the 2013-2014 school year. Get ready, kids: “God made it so” might just wind up the academic equivalent of a hall pass.

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