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Protect Indiana public schools from antiscience bills
Indiana's HB 1283 would, if it becomes law, pose a grave threat to students and science education throughout Indiana. This bill is based on legislation in other states which single out evolution, climate change, and other scientific topics as supposedly scientifically "controversial." This bill is identical, but refers only to the broad topics of "science, history and health." If it passes, the bill would override the authority of local districts to establish clear curriculum, undercut teachers' ability to maintain classroom discipline, and rewrite the rules for science classes, all with the goal of opening the door to creationist lessons and attacks on other mainstream sciences. This would open teachers and school districts to lawsuits, and undermine the quality of the education the students receive.
Similar bills have been proposed and rejected in many states, and were even rejected by the Indiana legislature in other years. Teachers, scientists, parents, and students have rallied against them in Indiana and elsewhere, demanding accurate, honest, up-to-date science education. Rather than creationist-manufactured controversy, they want science lessons to match the content of textbooks, state science standards, and the best guidance of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Teachers Association, and other leading science and education organizations.
Concerned Hoosiers must make their voices heard to ensure that, when legislators debate this bill, they do not open science classroom doors to religious indoctrination, nonscience, or bad science.
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