Florida bill would allow schools to teach alternatives to climate change and evolution

Florida bill would allow schools to teach alternatives to climate change and evolution

A new bill proposed in Florida would allow school districts to teach alternatives to “controversial theories” such as human-caused climate change and evolution.

State Sen. Dennis Baxley (R) sponsored the bill because he said that schools need to have the ability to teach “different worldviews,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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“Nothing is ever settled if it’s science, because people are always questioning science,” Baxley told the news outlet. “If you look at the history of human learning, for a long time the official worldview was that the world was flat. Anything you now accept as fact comes from a perspective and you learn from examining different schools of thought.”

He reportedly said school textbooks now allow for a “uniformity” of thought.

Studies on the human impact on climate change have been widely accepted in the scientific community.

Florida Citizens Alliance, the conservative education group that wrote the bill, said current school curriculum is similar to “political and religious indoctrination,” the alliance’s managing director Keith Flaugh told the Times.

Flaugh took issue with major textbook producers such as Pearson, alleging that it is “teaching socialism.

“They’re actually undermining our principles and values,” he said. “One of the biggest things they do is they’re teaching our kids that the Electoral College is out-of-date. That’s the only vestige of our Constitutional republic that’s left.”

Flaugh was one of two members of the Florida Citizens Alliance appointed to a committee that advised new Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting Florida moves to purchase land to protect Everglades from oil drilling Top Latino group: Trump is about to hold a 'fake Christian campaign rally' MORE’ (R) transition team on education.

The bill would require that “government and civics content shall strictly adhere to the founding values and principles of the United States.”

The proposed legislation would allow schools to adopt a curriculum different from the state’s current set of standards as long as it is “equivalent to or more rigorous.”

The Tampa Bay Times reports the bill has a tough path in order to become law, facing four committee assignments in the Senate alone. Flaugh added that he expects a House version of the bill will be filed in the near future.