Once again, nonscientists are dictating how to do science. They are mistaken. And they have an agenda.
The bill, currently under consideration by the Ohio Assembly, is intended to revoke a previous approval of the Common Core educational standards, which target math and literacy. However, the bill’s language also includes sections devoted to science and social studies. And the science one is a real winner:
The standards in science shall be based in core existing disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics; incorporate grade-level mathematics and be referenced to the mathematics standards; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; and prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another.
The problem is, we don’t need to know scientific knowledge. That’s always advancing and we have records of that. What we desperately need is citizens who are aware and appreciate how good science works. This is exactly what this bill tramples – learning how to think and appreciate science. It’s a disaster. Then you have the sponsors, real winners too:
One of the bill’s two sponsors, Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Lima) told The Columbus Dispatch that the bill would open the door to instruction on intelligent design: “I think it would be good for them to consider the perspectives of people of faith. That’s legitimate.”
Now this week, he apparently told another newspaper that it’s all about the political interpretation of science. He is very very confused. So he really should not talk about stuff he obviously knows nothing about. I think he was shortchanged on his education on how science processes work.
Tip: Society for Science Based Medicine