Another “academic freedom” bill, this time in Iowa. Those little beavers over at the DI have been busy over the past few months apparently. The “Evolution Academic Freedom Act” (HF 183; “A bill for an act relating to the teaching of chemical and biological evolution in school districts and public postsecondary institutions and providing an effective date”) has been sent to the House Education Committee and is startlingly familiar:
Students at all levels “shall be evaluated based upon their understanding of course materials through standard testing procedures. However, students shall not be penalized for subscribing to a particular position or view regarding biological or chemical evolution.
In other words, if the student holds the scientifically incorrect view and uses it as an answer., you as a teacher cannot penalize them. That is just bad pedagogy.
There are also the usual clauses about protecting the “academic freedom” of instructors to
“objectively present scientific information relevant to the full range of scientific views regarding biological and chemical evolution in connection with teaching any prescribed curriculum regarding chemical or biological evolution.”
The bill’s sponsor is Rod A. Roberts – Republican and ordained minister in the Church of Christ.
More details over at NCSE.