Probably coming to a Legislature near you, the Wyoming Republican Legislature and Governor passed a bill outlawing even the consideration of improved science standards for their schools. According to the Huffington Post, the Wyoming Board of Education is legally prohibited from reviewing the Next Generation Science Standards:
Rep. Matt Teeters (R-Lingle) first proposed a budget amendment that stops the state from considering the NGSS, according to Wyoming outlet the Casper Star-Tribune. Gov. Matt Mead (R) approved this amendment in his budget Wednesday.
In Kansas and Kentucky, both of which would eventually adopt the NGSS, the measure previously drew opposition from right-wing groups that opposed its teachings of climate change and evolution as fact.
“Outsiders are telling public school families that we must follow the rich man’s elitist religion of evolution, that we no longer have what the Kentucky Constitution says is the right to worship almighty God,” Baptist minister and NGSS opponent Matt Singleton said at a Kentucky hearing in July. “Instead, this fascist method teaches that our children are the property of the state.”
Lest you, like a Republican legislator from Wyoming, think that the Next Generation Science Standards are some kind of radical plot to teach kids pure evil, it’s worth noting who supports their adoption. Well-known socialist front groups like the ExxonMobil, Raytheon, Chevron, and Intel are among the businesses urging the adoption of science standards that will help American kids compete globally.
It’s the same fight as we’re seeing with the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts. The radical right is so far removed from the realities and necessities of modern education, that they are in opposition to major, conservative corporations. Why? Because they fear critical thought, truthful science, and challenging education.
Let’s work to make sure that Montana schools are able to continue offering the best standards to our students.