Science in Oklahoma: God did it

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The Oklahoma House of Representatives education committee is set to offer students a new way to pass science tests without actually having to go through the annoying process of learning anything. When they encounter a question to which they don't know the answer, they can simply write "God did it" or something similar and expect full credit for a correct answer.

The actual bill was not written by Oklahoma lawmakers but by the fundamentalist Christian group, Liberty Legal Institute of Plano, Texas. They have marketed their proposed law all over, including their home state of Texas where it was passed and is already causing trouble, according to the Edmond Sun.

That this has been approved by the education committee in Oklahoma doesn't surprise me, given who is a member of that committee -- State Representative Sally Kern who has recently been in the news for her recent hateful, homophobic rant that was, unbeknownst to her, caught on tape.

In addition to the lawsuits waiting to happen if this becomes law, there is the issue of learning what you're taught, regardless of whether or not you believe it. Colleges and universities don't generally accept "God did it" as an answer when that isn't what the professor said. Neither does the business world. It seems to me that, even if you don't believe it, there is value in learning to give the answer your teacher (or professor or boss) is looking for, rather than the one that makes you happy. What do you think?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.