The Oklahoma Senate Education Committee is poised to consider a bill that threatens the teaching of evolution in the state’s public schools. Senate Bill 758 would require science teachers to help students evaluate the scientific strengths and weaknesses of “existing scientific theories.” Although evolution and climate change are not directly mentioned in the legislation, the bill is similar to efforts in other states to introduce creationism into the classroom.
The bill is sponsored by Oklahoma State Senator Brecheen. Senator Brecheen previously sponsored legislation to weaken the teaching of evolution in Oklahoma. In 2010, he wrote in the Durant Daily Democrat about a bill he sponsored: “I have introduced legislation requiring every publically funded Oklahoma school to teach the debate of creation vs. evolution using the known science, even that which conflicts with Darwin’s religion.”
The American Institute of Biological Sciences wrote to the members of the Oklahoma Senate Education Committee about SB 758, the Oklahoma Science Education Act. The letter urges the committee to oppose the bill.
Read the full letter at www.aibs.org/position-statements/20130206okeducation.html.
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