Indiana Republican Senator Dennis Kruse has put forth another bill for consideration in his quest to teach biblical creationism alongside evolution in Indiana public schools. Kruse’s previous attempts are creationist legislation have failed, but his latest attempt takes a different track.
Kruse, who is the Chairman of the Indiana Senate Education and Career Development Committee, introduced new legislation that he calls ‘Truth in Education.’
While the bill will not mention religion, deity or doctrine, it will allow students to challenge the science of evolution, and force teachers to prove its validity. This will no doubt thrust creationism into the argument, forcing a discussion of religion in the public classroom.
ThinkProgress covers the issue, quoting Kruse as stating,
“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.’”
The report states that Democratic Senator Tim Skinner thinks the legislation is unnecessary, stating,
“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. They question everything, and I think a teacher who’s actually doing their job will answer those questions.”
A similar bill was passed last April in Tennessee, with the added factor that teachers who choose to teach creationism will not be penalized.
A God Discussion story that was run yesterday cited another blow for creationism, when a voucher program sponsored by Governor Bobby Jindal that would have allocated large amounts of money to religious public schools was struck down by a Louisiana court.
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