South Dakota Bill Leaves Evolution Skepticism Up To Teachers
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change.
A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure. It would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss “in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses” of the subjects.
South Dakota is one of at least three states, along with Texas and Oklahoma, considering such a bill.
Sen. Jeff Monroe, the bill’s prime sponsor, says that teachers should be able to talk about weaknesses in scientific theories, but he disputes that it would allow for creationism in schools.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard said in a recent letter that he views the bill as unnecessary.