By: Heather Smith, Executive Director, ACLU of South Dakota
South Dakota is already dead last in the nation when it comes to education so why are our politicians spending so much of their time trying to undermine science education around the state?
isn’t the first time South Dakota lawmakers have tried to prohibit and
undermine the teaching of evolution in its public schools in an effort
to advance creationism, creation science, and other religious beliefs
pertaining to the origin of life. But this year’s bill is different.
For one, the bills’ sponsors got smarter (or rather sneakier) with their
language and have drafted the bill in a way that is meant to cast
evolution and other scientific subjects as controversial or “subjects
that may cause debate and disputation.” In fact, there is no debate in
the legitimate scientific community. Make no mistake, SB 114 is meant
to open the door for teachers to introduce the alleged scientific
evidence against evolution or to teach the (made-up) controversy.