Legislation that could “open the door” to creationism in public schools has advanced in the Ohio House, the National Science Education Center warns.
Ohio’s House Bill 597, approved by the House Rules and Reference committee on Wednesday, would eliminate new multi-state educational standards known as Common Core. But the legislation contains language that could allow school districts to teach creationism or intelligent design in science classes.Realizing that it was a bad idea to admit what the true goal of this legislation was, we get the eventual backpedal:
As originally written, the bill would have prohibited schools from favoring one “political or religious interpretation” of a scientific fact in favor of another. When asked if that meant schools would be allowed to teach intelligent design alongside the theory of evolution, one of the bill’s sponsor replied that “districts will be able to choose based on their judgment.”
Supporters of the bill have since walked back their comments. “Nowhere in the bill does it mention creationism,” Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) said in August.
The idea of teaching creationism/Intelligent Design in biology classes is one of those things that I'm surprised is actually a thing to begin with. Even if it turned out that the theory of evolution was completely wrong, I don't see how the only correct alternative would be the Bible.