Back in the 1890’s, the Indiana legislature considered a bill that would have required p to be set to a fixed value instead of being an open-ended, irrational number as defined by mathematicians.
While the proposal was reported favorably out of the Education Committee, the bill eventually died. Thus Indiana avoided the stupidity that comes with elected officials trying to rewrite fundamental principles of science.
Kansas is not so lucky.
Risking the kind of nationwide ridicule it faced six years ago, the Kansas Board of Education approved new public-school science standards Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution.
But they didn’t stop there. The majority of the Board of "Education" also decided to alter the basic concept of science itself.
In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena.
So, now students in Kansas will learn that the completely made-up mysticism of "intelligent" design is a valid alternative to more than 150 years of scientific research. Why? Because the majority of non-scientists running the system believe the evidence they don’t understand isn’t valid.
The 21st century definition of popular science.
But along with that piece of stupidity comes hope from another part of the country this week.
All eight members up for re-election to the Pennsylvania school board that had been sued for introducing the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in biology class were swept out of office yesterday by a slate of challengers who campaigned against the intelligent design policy.
Bravo, Dover, PA!
There’s certainly nothing wrong with questioning scientific findings. However, any challenges to existing concepts should be coming from research and evidence. We should not be determining the content of science education by majority vote.