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Several states have enraged parents with resolutions threatening scientific education in classrooms with regard to the age-old debate of evolution versus creationism.
South Dakota's legislature just killed one such bill, while Indiana's state senate just passed its resolution.The resolutions are part of a collection of proposed laws and curriculum regulations across multiple states, all aimed to safeguard educators against have to "teach the controversy," as they say.
The bills are intended to protect science teachers from being punished for teaching material that is unrelated to or even contradictory to the facts in textbooks.In other words, they would not be held accountable for teaching a conflicting curriculum based on faith.
In Indiana, Senate Resolution 17 has already passed the Education Committee, quoting a No Child Left Behind amendment to directly challenge evolution: "Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution)...the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics can generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect society."
The Indiana resolution leaves out the fact that the amendment quoted was rejected even as an amendment to No Child Left Behind.It also implies that creationism is a scientific view on the opposite end of a spectrum of views inclusive of biological evolution.[메디컬리포트=KC Jones 기자]