The school board for Orleans Parish in Louisiana voted Tuesday night to ban the teaching of creationism as science and what they called a “revisionist” history curriculum promoted by the state of Texas.
The school district is not alone in pushing back against growing religious and conservative influence on science and history curriculum. When education officials in Texas began altering textbooks to reflect right-wing and religious viewpoints, lawmakers in California acted quickly to pass a bill that bans the state’s revisionist standards in California schools.
An important point in this is here:
“No teacher of any discipline of science shall teach any aspect of religious faith as science or in a science class,” it reads. “No teacher of any discipline of science shall teach creationism or intelligent design in classes designated as science classes.”
Exactly right. Considering the hubbub with the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, and his pro-religion, anti-evolution views, this is a big step. It’s disturbing to think that one state, Texas, can skew the textbooks. That is a flaw in the system. But, one possibly bright spot, schools are moving towards digital alternatives to textbooks. Will that break the hold Texas has on dictating what should be in them?
More from Louisiana Coalition for Science:
The members of the Orleans Parish School Board, like the New Orleans City Council, know that their city’s ox got gored in June 2008 when Bobby Jindal signed the LSEA. As a result, New Orleans lost a national science convention when the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology decided to boycott the city. That boycott will continue as long as the LSEA is on the books. Other scientific organizations may well follow suit if the legislature continues to resist calls to repeal the LSEA.
The OPSB also knows that Louisiana citizens must be prepared for the jobs that “BioDistrict New Orleans” (the Greater New Orleans Biosciences Economic Development District) will bring to the city. For that to happen, our children must learn real science, not Louisiana-Family-Forum-inspired bunk.