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2012 Oklahoma bill requires critical thinking in science education

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Senate Bill 1742 (text here), modelled on the Lousiana science education bill (2008), requires the state board of education to help teachers promote “critical thinking, logical analysis, open and objective discussion of scientific theories including, but not limited to, evolution, the origin of life, global warming, and human cloning” if the school board wants. Teachers are also allowed to use supplemental texts and other materials.

An Act relating to school curriculum; creating the Oklahoma Science Education Act; providing short title; providing legislative intent; providing for the assistance of teachers in teaching scientific curriculum; promoting critical thinking; allowing for open discussion of scientific theories; directing teachers to teach certain material; allowing supplemental material to be taught; prohibiting the promotion of a particular belief system; directing the State Board of Education to adopt rules; providing for codification; providing for noncodification; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.

We note that “global warming” is in there too. Someone could open a window there as well.

See also: Indiana Senate passes bill to teach Christian, Hindu, and Scientology origin of life – among others …


Missouri: Bill to give equal treatment to intelligent design, evolution?

Here and here are sponsoring senator Josh Brecheen’s thoughts on the subject in the Durant Daily Democrat

Note: Did someone mention Oklahoma? Don’t forget the Metaphysics and Engineering conference there in June – Walter Bradley as keynote speaker

Any wedge in the door is welcome but its all silly talk. Its just saying that censorship is too be ended on some origin issues. Logical, critical ?? Oh brother. Who is admitting that before they were not logical or critical about conclusions? Any conclusions taught in schools must be open to criticism and discussion of its simply a state censorship after the old models. 70% of the pop accepts both sides being taught in origins. I think upon aggressive creationist advocacy this could be raised to 97% The people believe in freedom of thought and speech. Only apathy stops creationism today. Robert Byers
A course in critical thinking should be required at the high school level. Barb
Requiring critical thinking in science education means you have to have educators who can think critically. And that may be an issue with science teachers who are thoroughly indoctrinated with evolutionism. Joe

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