Idaho's Republicans want the Bible to teach biology, geology
The Academic freedom laws introduced into Louisiana's school districts under the name Louisiana Science Education Act in 2008 are letting creationist views enter into the daily curriculum of schools. Louisiana is not alone. Idaho's Republicans have also been requesting authorized use of the Bible as a primary text to teach plate tectonics, geology, sociology, and biology, among other things.
A document of resolutions filed by the Idaho Republican Party State Central Committee included an amendment called "2015-P20: A Resolution Supporting Bible Use in Idaho Public Schools."
Zach Kopplin, a former Louisiana student at the time the Louisiana Science Education laws were passed, has been submitting Freedom of Education requests to schools to procure any documents which might indicate non-scientific perspectives. Most Freedom of Information filings submitted by journalists are ignored.
Some very telling documents, including a pdf called "Creationism Act 473" and a slide in a PowerPoint presentation entitled "Creationism (Intelligent Design)" are all concurrent with one parents' complaint about a teacher teaching evolution as a fact. To this, the teacher replied, "I can assure you this will not happen again."
Several states such as Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Texas have been utilizing creationist texts in their curriculum without legislation for years, indicating that although there is a movement towards official reform in Idaho and Louisiana, teachers can be free to incorporate these texts without legal protection.
Research has shown that 10% of US teachers implement creationism and intelligent design into their science curriculum. The LSEA and Idaho Republican Central Committee seem to be encouraging the practice.
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