According to a great op-ed in the Edmond Sun,
If a student’s religious beliefs were in conflict with scientific theory, and the student chose to express those beliefs rather than explain the theory in response to an exam question, the student’s incorrect response would be deemed satisfactory, according to this bill.Thus, the bill would require teachers to award grades out of respect for students' religious delusion rather than their mastery of the material taught.
Even simple, factual information such as the age of the earth (4.65 billion years) would be subject to the student’s belief, and if the student answered 6,000 years based on his or her religious belief, the school would have to credit it as correct. Science education becomes absurd under such a situation.At the risk of sounding overly dramatic here, it is the opinion of this author that such a measure would effectively signal the end of public education in America. How could we expect our children to compete in a global economy if we were to teach superstitious drivel over factual information?
H/T to Atheist Media Blog
Tags: Oklahoma, HB 2211, education, religion, Christian extremism, school, science