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New Bill Incites Fears of “Fringe” Beliefs in Schools

 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 mediateachers 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.
Here is the section in question:
C. Neither the Board nor any local school board, division superintendent, or school board employee shall prohibit any public elementary or secondary school teacher from helping students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in science classes.

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