In a surreal move, a group called the National Coalition Against Censorship has plunged into the South Dakota situation to demand continued restraints on teachers and their academic freedom — in other words, censorship.
They complain that SB 55 would “remov[e] accountability in science education.” “Accountability” there would seem to mean instructors being vulnerable to career retaliation for teaching critical thinking skills to science students. These “anti-censorship” proponents advocate retaining the option of punishing biology teachers for going off message on Darwinism.
They go on: “Essentially, [the bill] removes the restraints on teachers that prevents them from straying from professionally-developed science standards adopted by state educators.” The National Coalition Against Censorship favors keeping “restraints” on teachers firmly in place.More.
Oh wow. You mean, school boards don’t hire adults with good professional judgement? Teachers must be kept from “straying,” like prisoners on parole?
Darwinism is problem, but if anything like what we just heard is true, the system has bigger problems.
The group sounds like a treat. Here is their Kids’ Right to Read project.
The Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP) is a signature aspect of NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Program. KRRP offers support, education, and direct advocacy to people facing book challenges or bans in schools and libraries and engages local activists in promoting the freedom to read. It was co-founded with the American Booksellers for Free Expression and is supported in part by the Association of American Publishers and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
So the smart high schooler can read Michael Behe’s Edge of Evolution at school if she wants? Wait, what was that smashing noise out in the hall? (muffled high-pitched screams… )
One wonders how many of the Coalition members are supported in whole or in part by the taxpayer. Just a question.
One possible response: Teachers should start talking about the work of non-Darwinian biologists and wait for local chuckleheads to jump up and down and scream that to even mention any other view than Darwin’ is censorship of Darwin.
See also: Gravy train wreck: No Free Lunch for Darwinism in Texas?
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