The Tampa Tribune has an article about the proposed creationism bill (“academic freedom act”) in the state legislature. There appear to be folks holding down forts on both sides of the fence on this issue.
A Senate committee chairman wants to hold a hearing on a proposal from Sen. Ronda Storms to allow public school teachers to contradict the theory of evolution in class.
Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, chairman of the PreK-12 Committee, said he hopes to schedule a hearing during the session on Storms’ evolution proposal. Rep. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, confirmed Monday he will file the bill in the House.
But the plan faces plenty of resistance from lawmakers in both parties, who say they are loath to rewrite the teaching standards that the state Board of Education passed last month.
House Speaker Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, told the Florida Baptist Witness newspaper last month that there may be enough votes in the House to pass the evolution bill. But Schools and Learning Council Chairman Joe Pickens, R-Palatka, said Monday he doubts that.
“The state Board of Education held public hearings; it’s their job to do what they did,” he said. “My expectation is that there isn’t a great deal of appetite to go in and undo what the state Board of Education did in their purview, under their authority.”
And the newspaper also did an editorial that slams this political goofiness.
Rubio further inflamed the situation by suggesting that this standard makes schools, not parents, responsible for a child’s upbringing.
Really, Mr. Speaker? We would suggest if parents’ years of influence are negated in a single science lesson, they probably didn’t make a big impression on their children.
If Florida lawmakers really want world-class curriculum, they’ll let education experts – not politicians – build them.