So last year Senate Education Committee Chairman Dennis Kruse – in an attempt to force people to openly wonder if he got the position by either bribery or blackmail – introduced a bill that required schools in Indiana to teach creationism in public schools.
Citations Affected: IC 20-30-6-18.
Synopsis: Teaching of creation science. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation.
Effective: July 1, 2012.
Setting aside for a moment the fact that this piece of legislation demonstrates to the American public that Kruse clearly has no idea what a theory is – since if he did, he’d realize right away that creationism doesn’t even come close to meeting the requirements – it’s pretty obvious that he doesn’t even care about violating the establishment clause of the First Amendment when it comes to pushing his own religion into public schools.
Well, long story short, it was shot down. Didn’t pass General Assembly. But that doesn’t stop a man of God!
[...] Now, Kruse says he will not push for a creation science bill. Instead he offered legislation promoting what he calls “truth in education.”
Known by its alternate moniker, the “OMG were you there??” argument … pushed by that bearded lunatic and mortal enemy of rational thought, Ken Ham. For a little background, he’ll spend his days teaching auditoriums full of young children that science and the scientific method is wrong, and the best way to stop their teacher in their tracks when they get into the topic of evolution is to ask them “if they were there“.
This question coming from a fundamentalist Christian who takes a literal interpretation of the bible as Truth. Let that one sink in.
“If you’re teaching something, then a student could question that and say, you know, ‘How do you know that’s true?’ And so the teacher would have to come up with different sources, ‘This is why I think this is true,’” Kruse says.
His intent is a somewhat more subtle but no less misguided attempt to challenge schoolteachers when they teach evolution in the classroom. The problem with this approach is that there is already overwhelming evidence – so much so that the only people who question it anymore are those who don’t understand it. Kind of makes it convenient that they’re in a classroom learning about it, then … the problem kind of takes care of itself.
Terre Haute Democratic Senator Tim Skinner says Kruse’s proposal is not something that needs to be mandated.
“If Senator Kruse had education experience he would know that students across the country are already doing that every day in the public school classroom,” Skinner says. “They question everything, and I think a teacher who’s actually doing their job will answer those questions.”
I love how Skinner’s comments not only dig at Kruse’s position in the Senate Education Committee, but even suggests that he wasn’t paying enough attention during his own primary education as well. This makes perfect sense, of course, since anyone with a biology class or two under his or her belt knows that the phenomenon of evolution is as much of a fact as gravity, and there are no viable competing theories. Modern evolutionary synthesis is pretty much it.
The fact that this guy is even allowed to propose crap like he did last year – and this follow-on – just shows how non-existent the standards are for attaining a position of authority in an area about which you know nothing. It’s not the first time, of course. Just look at the House Science Committee. And weep for our future.