Monday, January 27, 2014

New Bill Incites Fears of "Fringe" Beliefs in Schools

"Please don't ask..."
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Upon first reading reports of an "anti-science" and "muzzling" bill, you could easily get the impression that "mum's the word" for any further discussion on science/health topics like GMOs, vaccines, climate change, raw milk etc. One recent report accidentally left out a crucial word that changes the entire meaning of Virginia House Bill 207, sponsored by Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton).

When reading the bill, it appears to lift a muzzle and encourage more analysis - why is that making people so angry? It's receiving all kinds of backlash from local media, teachers and educational organizations. The flak focuses on what they view as a move to push creationism into schools.

Turns out, the real fear is, "fringe" beliefs seeping into the classroom.