Friday, May 3, 2013
Louisiana's Senate Education Committee rejected a bill on May 2 to repeal a controversial law that allows teachers the right to supplement science textbooks with information about evolution and creationism. The Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) allows teachers to supplement standard textbooks with other materials that promote "critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories [such as] evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning." While the law expressly disavows any intent to promote "a particular set of religious beliefs," most observers, including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, understand the LSEA to allow teaching of creationism and intelligent design in public schools. The LSEA has been debated annually since its passage in 2008, and 70 Nobel Prize winning scientists have urged that it be repealed, according to the Associated Press.