Indiana Lawmakers Want Students to Question Evolution
Indiana lawmakers believe that students should be able to question the theory of evolution in school if their beliefs lean more towards the principles surrounding creationism. Because of this, Republican Senator Dennis Kruse is currently drafting a bill that would allow Hoosier students to question the teachings of evolution in public schools.
“I would call it ‘truth in education’ to make sure that what is being taught is true,” said Kruse. “And if a student thinks something isn’t true, then they can question the teacher and the teacher would have to come up with some kind of research to support that what they are teaching is true or not true.”
Other states have passed similar bills. Earlier this year, Tennessee passed a law permitting teachers to give lectures on the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories.” However, critics say the law was designed to pass the theory of evolution off as controversial in the world of science.
Still, there may not be much hope for the proposed anti-evolution bill in Indiana. In February, a bill by Kruse was passed that would allow “the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science.” Yet, House Speaker Brian Bosma killed the bill for fear of a costly lawsuit.