|How We Teach Science|
Is A Local Decision
That particularly sacrosanct principle applies to education. The 2016 GOP national platform specifically says that as Republicans, "we reject a one-size-fits-all approach to education and support a broad range of choices for parents and children at the state and local level." Get that, South Dakota Republican legislators? The GOP supports a broad range of choices. Taking choices away from our local school districts and the boards that run them is the stuff of a party that wants to hypocritically insert itself into people's local affairs.
A couple of irritating examples of this come quickly to mind. The first is Senate Bill 55, which will require schools in the state to let teachers teach anything they deem "scientific" to their students in an "objective scientific manner." The unlimited potential for academic mayhem inherent to the nebulous language of this bill (you could make a case for witchcraft being taught as science, for example) is one thing, but that the bill brings the heavy-handed mandate of the state into classroom content decisions goes against every principle of local control that Republicans cherish. Why have school boards when the powers in Pierre want to impose decisions like this?
Another effort to mandate the operations of our schools has to do with firearms. This one,
|Will It Come To This?|
It Could, Per SB 89
(Thanks, Pat Oliphant)