Kansas state bill would force teachers to question climate change in class – HB2306 calls climate change ‘scientific controversy’Posted by Jim at Wednesday, February 20, 2013
[“Teach the controversy”: Taking a page from the Creationists’ playbook. –Des]
18 February 2013
By Celia Llopis-Jepsen
(The Topeka Capital-Journal) – With the Kansas State Board of Education preparing to vote on new science standards this year, the House Education Committee has introduced a bill asking schools to include evidence against climate change in science classes.
House Bill 2306, introduced last week, says science classes must “provide information to students of scientific evidence which both supports and counters a scientific theory or hypothesis.”
The bill says instruction about “scientific controversies” should be objective and include “both the strengths and weaknesses of such scientific theory or hypothesis.” The only controversy identified in the bill is “climate science.”
No hearings have been scheduled yet for the bill.
At least one other bill currently in the Education Committee would mandate changes in Kansas’ curriculum standards — something that is normally handled by the Kansas State Board of Education.
That bill would force the State Board of Education to abandon math and English standards that it adopted in 2010. [more]