A creationism in the classroom proposal has been placed on the table of an Ohio school board for an early June vote, according to WHIOTV.com.
According to the website, the proposal was discussed at a meeting in Springboro, Ohio, on May 23. Not surprisingly considering recent efforts at a Kansas school, attorney Drew Dennis, a staffer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU), was against the proposal, pointing to a failed plan from 2011 (also in Springboro) as precedent that creationism in the classroom will not work.
“These plans are just as unconstitutional today as they were in 2011,” Dennis said. “And they remain an unnecessary distraction from the more important work of giving children the education they need to succeed in the real world.”
The proposed policy would also place sex education, legalization of drugs, evolution/creationism, pro-life/abortion, contraception/abstinence, conservatism/liberalism, politics, gun rights, global warming, and climate change, on the table for future discussion in Springboro classrooms.
Given the fact that it’s not simply about creationism in the classroom, school board member Jim Rigano said he thought it would help the district “ensure we’re not indoctrinating one point of view or another.”
In comments reported by The Huffington Post, Springboro parent Lynn Greenberg disagreed, stating that it would distract from students’ education. “We’re being defined by our issues and not our accomplishments,” Greenberg said.
Despite the efforts of personalities like Bill Nye and, shockingly, evangelical Pat Robertson, to keep creationism from appearing in the classroom, more districts are starting to embrace it as a viable theory to teach alongside evolution. Earlier in May, a district in Louisiana voted to keep in its science classes the belief system, which teaches that the earth was created in six days by God and is only 6,000 years old.
Do you think Springboro should follow Louisiana’s lead and put creationism in the classroom? And if so, do you think it belongs in science class or somewhere else on the curriculum?
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