An anti-science “Alternative Facts” bill just passed the South Dakota Senate, and is headed to the House Education Committee this Friday. The bill, SB 55, would permit the teaching of non-scientific ideas and opinions -- like climate change denialism -- in science classes. It would allow miseducation of students about climate change and other topics, with local or state administrators unable to intervene.
The National Science Teachers Association is strongly opposing SB 55, saying, “as science teachers, it is our responsibility to provide students with quality science education that is not compromised with pseudoscience or by political influences.” The American Institute of Biological Sciences says, “we should be working to strengthen our science education system -- not enabling the misrepresentation of science in the classroom. "Urge South Dakota Education Committee members to support evidence-based science education, and to reject the "Alternative Facts" anti-science bill, SB 55!
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