Explanation: Interference with Education

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Explanation: Interference with Education

2018-07-06 Climate Science Misrepresented by Texas State Senator State, TX Bias and Misrepresentation, Interference with Education Climate

Texas State Senator Jason Isaac asserted, contrary to decades of scientific research, that the burning of fossil fuels does not contribute to climate change. He worked with the Texas Natural Gas Foundation to develop new science education guidelines to “get the bias” against fossil fuels out of schools.

2018-03 References to “Evolution” Removed from Arizona Education Standards AZ, State Interference with Education Other

The Arizona Department of Education revised draft science education standards to limit the teaching of evolution and give teachers greater flexibility to present it as a controversial topic about which scientists disagree.

2018-02-12 Bill Opposing the Next Generation Science Standards Introduced in Iowa IA, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the Iowa legislature that would, if enacted, prevent implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The bill was reportedly prompted by a concern that the NGSS discuss “controversial topics,” such as climate change and evolution.

2018-02 Discussion of Fossil Fuel Impacts Removed from Draft Idaho Education Standards ID, State Interference with Education Climate

The Idaho House of Representatives Education Committee voted to remove references to the climate impacts of fossil fuel use from proposed science education standards.

2018-02 Change to Science Education Standards Proposed in Ohio OH, State Interference with Education Other

A member of the Ohio Board of Education, Sarah Fowler, proposed adding an “overarching content statement” to the state’s new science education standards. The statement emphasizes that “scientific conclusions are necessarily based upon philosophical assumptions,” which is an argument often used to challenge the teaching of evolution. Critics assert that, if the statement is added to the standards, it may encourage teachers to present the unproven theory of “intelligent design” as an alternative to evolution.

2018-01-31 Bill Prohibiting Adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards Introduced in Iowa IA, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives that would, if enacted, prevent implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The bill was reportedly prompted by a concern that the NGSS discuss “controversial topics,” such as climate change and evolution.

2018-01-18 Bill Undermining Teaching of Evolution Introduced in Alabama AL, State Interference with Education Other

A bill was introduced in the Alabama legislature that would, if enacted, allow teachers to present the theory of creation as an alternative to evolution.

2017-11-17 Bill Requiring Balanced Teaching of Scientific Theories Introduced in Florida FL, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the Florida legislature that would, if enacted, require “controversial” scientific theories to be taught in a “balanced” way. While the bill does not identify any specific “controversial” theories, it is thought to be targeting the teaching of climate change and evolution.

2017-11 Science of Evolution Questioned by Utah Education Board Member State, UT Interference with Education Other

During a hearing of the Utah State Board of Education, vice-chairwoman Alisa Ellis argued that teachers should present evolution as a theory and not a fact. She also urged teachers to discuss alternative explanations for the origins of life, including the unproven theory of “intelligent design.”

2017-11 Teaching of Unproven Scientific Concept Supported by Arizona State Official AZ, State Interference with Education Other

At a Republican candidate event, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas argued that school children should be taught alternatives to the theory of evolution, including the unproven theory of “intelligent design.”

2017-09 Standards Undermining Science Education Proposed by New Mexico Education Department NM, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

The New Mexico Public Education Department proposed to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, with various amendments, which critics say will limit discussion of climate change and evolution in schools.

2017-05-02 Proven Scientific Theories Questioned by Alabama Legislature AL, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

The Alabama legislature passed a resolution labeling climate change, evolution, and human cloning as “controversial” theories and encouraging teachers to question their accuracy.

2017-04-11 Funding for Oklahoma Science Fair Eliminated OK, State Budget Cuts, Interference with Education Other

The Oklahoma Science and Engineering Fair, and several regional science fairs, are to be cancelled in 2018 due to a lack of funding from the state government.

2017-03-07 Teaching of Evolution Undermined in Louisiana LA, State Interference with Education Other

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to amend a guidance document on the state’s science education standards. The amendment referenced the Louisiana Science Education Act, which encourages the teaching of alternatives to evolution.

2017-03-06 Bill Undermining Teaching of Evolution Introduced in Arkansas AK, State Interference with Education Other

A bill was introduced in the Arkansas legislature that would, if enacted, allow the unproven theories of intelligent design and creationism to be taught alongside evolution in schools.

2017-03-01 Bill Requiring Teachers to Question Proven Scientific Theories Introduced in Iowa IA, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the legislature that would, if enacted, require teachers to present “opposing points of view or belief” when discussing evolution, the origins of life, and global warming. There is no requirement in the bill that the opposing points of view or beliefs presented be scientifically valid, leading to concerns that teachers will discuss unproven or discredited scientific concepts.

2017-02-27 Resolution Undermining Science Education Passed by Indiana Senate IN, State Interference with Education Other

The Indiana Senate passed a resolution urging support for the teaching of a diverse curriculum. Critics say this will undermine the integrity of science education, including by encouraging teachers to present a range of views on topics seen as controversial, such as evolution.

2017-02-23 New Teaching Materials Law Proposed in Florida FL, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the Florida legislature that would, if enacted, allow residents to challenge teaching materials discussing evolution, climate change, and other topics they consider inappropriate.

2017-02-09 Bill Undermining Science Education Introduced in Texas State, TX Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the Texas legislature that would, if enacted, allow the State Board of Education to reject any science textbook or other instructional materials that it deems unsuitable. According to critics, this would allow the board to reject materials that discuss controversial scientific theories (e.g., climate change and evolution), even if they are factually correct.

2017-02-06 Bill Undermining Science Education Introduced in Oklahoma OK, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the Oklahoma Senate that would, if enacted, prevent teachers being prohibited from discussing “the strengths and weaknesses” of any scientific theory. Critics say this will undermine science education, giving teachers greater scope to question proven scientific theories, and/or present alternative concepts that have been discredited or are unproven.

2017-02-02 Bill Labelling Proven Scientific Theories ‘Controversial’ Introduced in Texas State, TX Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the Texas legislature that describes “climate change, biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, and human closing” as “controversial” theories. The bill would, if enacted, give teachers greater scope to question these and other proven scientific theories.

2017-02-01 Controversial Evolution Standard Supported by Texas Board of Education State, TX Interference with Education Other

The Texas State Board of Education voted preliminarily to retain language in its science education standards requiring students to consider “all sides” when discussing evolution. Critics say the requirement encourages the teaching of creationism as an alternative to the theory of evolution.

2017-02 References to “Climate Change” Removed from Idaho Science Education Standards ID, State Government Censorship, Interference with Education Climate

The Idaho House of Representatives Education Committee voted to remove references to “climate change” from draft science education standards.

2017-01-19 Bill Encouraging Discussion of Creationism in Science Class Introduced in Florida FL, State Interference with Education Other

A bill was introduced in the Florida legislature that would, if enacted, allow the discussion of religious beliefs in schools. Critics allege that the bill is intended to undermine the teaching of evolution and encourage discussion of creationism in schools.

2017-01-11 Bill Undermining Science Education Introduced in South Dakota SD, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the South Dakota legislature that would, if enacted, prevent teachers being prohibited from discussing “the strengths and weaknesses” of any scientific theory. Critics say this will undermine science education, giving teachers greater scope to question proven scientific theories, and/or present alternative concepts that have been discredited or are unproven.

2017-01 Scientist Fired from Black Hawk College ID, State Interference with Education, Personnel Changes Other

Black Hawk College announced it would lay-off several faculty members, including a professor of geology, due to a lack of state funding.