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Goodnight, Anti-Indoctrination Bills, and Good Riddance by Glen Branch

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Weaponizing disinformation in the schools. Glenn Branch writes here about four states that introduced bills to prohibit teachers from “indoctrinating” their students: Arizona,  Maine, South Dakota, and Virginia.'This is a solution in search of a problem!' Any state that passes a law requiring teachers to present “both sides” would be compelling them to teach in defiance of the state’s science standards.Despite efforts to pretend otherwise, the real targets here are evolution and climate change.Among scientists, these are not controversial issues. Unnecessary, intrusive, and overreachin, but the way in which they threatened to undermine the integrity of science education may have been their worst feature. It was a good thing for them to be put to sleep.'

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From the article: Despite a handful of ballyhooed counterexamples, it's rare for teachers to engage in indoctrination. They are trained, after all, to educate. And even with regard to socially controversial issues, surveys indicate that, for good or for ill, teachers tend to teach in accordance with the mores of their communities."


"Unsurprisingly, the backers of these anti-indoctrination measures rarely offered any evidence that there is a problem. The sponsor of the Arizona bill, for example, claimed that he introduced it after he was "inundated" by complaints about teachers from parents. But a public records request from the Arizona Republic revealed that he received just a single e-mail from a parentafter, not before, he introduced his bill."

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