Louisiana Lawmaker Wants Evolution Taught In Science Classes

After years of losing ground to anti-science forces at least one Louisiana lawmaker wants to make sure evolution is taught in Louisiana’s science classes.

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D) introduced a bill that would repeal a four-year-old state law that encourages teachers to critique “contested” science like evolution and global warming. It’s the second effort in the last year to repeal the Science Education Act, a bill that when passed in 2008 was considered the bellwether for bringing religious study into the science classroom.

The Louisiana Science Education Act writes in this idea of a “continuing controversy” around the theory of evolution which opens the door for debating alternative theories of the origins of life, including creationism. Scientists have taken the state to task for science teaching standards that are nothing more than “religion presented as science.”

Over 75 scientists, including many Nobel laureates, sent a letter to the Louisiana State Legislature explaining the difference. “Science offers testable, and therefore falsifiable, explanations for natural phenomena. Because it requires supernatural explanations of natural phenomena, creationism does not meet these standards.”

It’s encouraging to see a state like Louisiana decide that its students deserve to be taught actual science in their biology courses and not religion, especially considering at least four other states have tried to pass legislation similar to Louisiana’s Science Education Act in the name of “academic freedom”. These bills are not about promoting academic freedom but instead about pushing the pro-corporate, pro-religious agenda driving climate change denial and creationism. American students deserve better.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers8 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers8 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers8 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers8 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers8 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers1 years ago

Pathetic! Thanks for sharing.

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

teach it!

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Pat Mencke
Pat Mencke5 years ago

LD, I'm not certain either. But I will talk to him as if it were because it makes completely good sense. And...if he didn't know that before, he does now. He has decisions to make now and he has more information than he had before. Of course, that doesn't mean he will make a better decision. But I've done what I could. And that's important to me. It just may do some good some place.

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Pogle S.
Pogle S5 years ago

Sorry Pat; I didn’t mean to refer to you as Pam; I mistakenly saw Pat M as Pam. Doh!

LD; apologies to you too, I’ve not been following the thread too closely and assumed that Pat was quoting Darryl. Having re-read the thread I now see where I went wrong but at least we can all agree that hope & despair are not plans of action but emotional responses to the plans of others.

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Pat Mencke
Pat Mencke5 years ago

Spot on, Pogle. BTW I am Pat. Pam is what Jeffrey calls me when he is in his sneering mood.

LD, Darryll was man enough to open a wound in front of us. In doing so he went to the very heart of the human question, "where is there any hope?".

Beyond semantics there is a more important idea here. Life is hard. Sometimes brutal. We all feel it. But few can express it as well as Darryll did because they can't face it directly. Religion gives them Dr. Pangloss phrases they can use to distance themselves from despair. New brain research on the differences between liberal and conservative brains is demonstrating that cons. think shallowly. They turn despair into fear. They need more money, more bombs, more control, more need to make liberals "the other", and more religion.

It takes planning and organization to acquire those things. But given the chance to actually govern the greatest Country in the world, there instincts were all wrong. Shallow.

I attempted to give Darryll some positive ways to combat despair. Take control, as Darryll is trying to do. Don't fall into phony mysticism; attack life on a deeper level. Design your life to embrace what's real. Take pride and joy from knowing you have conquered living creatively with zest and audacity.

LD, is that better?

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