A Louisiana law that opponents say leaves the backdoor open to teaching “creationism” in public schools will stay on the books after a Senate committee Wednesday effectively killed a bill that would repeal the statute.
After hours of testimony for and against House Bill 26, which repeals the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act, the senators narrowly deferred the legislation, effectively killing it in committee.
“The LSE Act is a bad law, not because of its spirit, but because of its failure to provide the necessary restrictions, standards, and guidelines required in order for the original intent to be successfully realized,” said Tammy Wood, a Zachary-area teacher who received the 1991 Louisiana Presidential Award for science education.
She said more restrictions should be placed on what type of supplemental materials should be used and “which represent mere nonsense masquerading as a viable alternative.”
But that’s not the most insane thing about this piece. HERE is a justification from one of the Senators.
Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas, said he had reservations with repealing the act after a spiritual healer correctly diagnosed a specific medical ailment he had. He said he thought repealing the act could “lock the door on being able to view ideas from many places, concepts from many cultures.”
Oh my gosh. This guy overthrows science with a lousy anecdote. ONE LOUSY ANECDOTE – “It worked for me!”
Appalling. Embarrassing. Distressing.
Businesses and scientific orgs should continue to boycott Louisiana. It’s a shame that the people of the state and especially the kids are shortchanged by the ignorant people they elected.