You go to school to learn about the world regardless of whether you like the subject or not. Learning prevailing scientific ideas means understanding evolution as the basis for life on earth. Learning about climate change is critical for understanding what is happening on earth now and what we will possibly face in the future. Science is not a democracy. The world exists whether you like how it is, or not. So, Alabama teachers, teach.
[P]ublic school students will be required for the first time to understand the theory of evolution. And teachers will be required to address climate change, which wasn’t a focus the last time the state set science standards in 2005.
A 40-member committee that developed the new course of study included people with “very strong religious beliefs” who considered the state’s faith traditions and worked together to develop the new guidelines, said Michal Robinson, science specialist for the state education agency.
“We still have to teach what the science is,” Robinson said in an interview Friday. “If students want to go into a science field in college or beyond, they have to have a foundation.”
It’s a step in the right direction at least!
Many people who argue that they don’t “believe” in evolution have NEVER learned what it is or why it’s considered critical to understanding life. Many kids oppose the ideas that their parents oppose just because that’s all they know. Schools are for expanding your horizons. The world of today is NOT the world your parents grew up in.
On the other hand, many science-minded parents do not object to kids learning about the history of various religious beliefs in World Cultures class. There is a difference between “learning about” and “indoctrination”. It’s nice to see that the Board of Education of a conservative state gets that.