Bill Undermining Teaching of Evolution Introduced in Indiana

Date: January 10th, 2019

Agency: IN, State

Explanation: Interference with Education

Scientist: Other

On January 10, 2019, a bill (SB 373) was introduced in the Indiana legislature that would, if enacted, allow “[t]he governing body of a school corporation [to] require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation.” Science education groups have expressed concern that the bill is intended to undermine the teaching of evolution. According to the groups, if enacted, the bill could result in teachers being forced to present the theory of creation alongside the theory of evolution which may cause students to believe that the two theories are equally valid from a scientific perspective and/or to question the science of evolution.