To the Editor:
House Bill 1270 read, "No teacher may be prohibited from helping students understand, analyze, critique, or review in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information presented in courses being taught which are aligned with the content standards established pursuant to § 13-3-48."
Certainly, teachers need support in helping students but that is not what this bill was about. Proponents did not speak about helping students. They spoke of their religious beliefs and attacked accepted science revealing their dark agenda.
While 1270 was approved (8-6) by the Education Committee, it failed on the House floor (21-46). I am grateful for those Representatives who stood up for science education and voted Nay.
Let's not condemn the others, though. Being a legislator is a difficult job and no one gets it right all the time. We need to keep our personal channels of communication open. That's the way to progress!
Mark Winegar, Executive Director
Sierra Club, South Dakota Chapter