As the House begins work on Senate legislation this week, one controversial measure allows creationism to be taught in public schools.
The bill says a school corporation can require the teaching of various theories on the origin of life. Language amended into the bill in the Senate mandates that the curriculum include theories from multiple religions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Scientology. Proponents say it’s an optional tool that can expose children to more than one view. Opponents worry about its constitutionality and its potential to open up teachers and schools to costly lawsuits.
Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he’s not sure it’s a direction the legislature ought to be going.
“Delving into an issue that the United States Supreme Court has, on at least one occasion, said is not compliant with the U.S. Constitution may be a side issue that we…someplace we don’t need to go,” Bosma says.
Bosma says parents and families have the choice on where they want their children educated if they’re looking for a specific viewpoint. But he acknowledges that he hasn’t made up his mind on the issue yet.