Akron’s Beacon Journal explains how the attacks on science by creationists are expanding to climate change and stem cells.
There’s a lot that has to be unpacked about that, but one thing stands out: evolution, climate change and stem cells are not scientifically controversial. All exist, and are well-documented. Scientists discuss the details, but the basic understanding is consistent.
To mark these as “controversial issues” in a science class is to blur the distinction between scientific controversy and social controversy. The causes of the hump-shaped relationship between productivity and species diversity is a scientific controversy, as is the status of string theory. They are not societal controversies. The taxonomic status of Preble’s jumping mouse is a scientific controversy that impinges on a societal controversy about the appropriate limits of development.
Evolution, climate change, and stem cells are not scientific controversies. Discussing them in that context is dishonest.
The goal is not to improve science teaching, but to obscure the religious objections to evolution by tossing in global warming. Not that that makes the purpose of teaching about creationism any less religious.
If you haven’t yet, write to the Ohio Board of Ed and tell them not to bother with this.