Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - Science Standards
The State Board of Education and the Ohio Department of
Education have a plan. They are working to fulfill a mandate from the General Assembly to
create new state education standards. At first look most people like the idea of
standards. They make us feel good. Make us believe that our children will get a better
education. Only problem is on many subjects, like science, people have different views as
to what should be considered the official state standard.
For example, in the realm of science, the debate is over
whether or not children should be permitted to hear or discuss any ideas that conflict
with Darwin's theory of evolution and whether or not the possibility of intelligent design
should be permitted in a public school. The Department of Education is clearly against the
idea but they set up a website for public comment. Only problem was they shut the site
down almost ten days before they promised and lots of people did not have a chance to
comment at all.
It appears that lots of people would like to permit a
little free speech and free thought in public school classrooms. Others disagree and
want only Darwinian Evolution to be the controlling standard. What do you think? Should
there still be room for free expression of thought during science classes in Ohio?
If you would like to express your opinion, we'll be happy
to link you to a source that will get your thoughts to the State Board of Education.
Learn more and voice your opinion!