"Evolution Academic Freedom Act" in Iowa
Is the ID movement weaseling in Iowa? Take a look at House File 183 entitled Evolution Academic Freedom Act, currently in an education subcommittee at the Iowa house of representatives.
"A teacher who is employed by a school district may objectively present scientific information relevant to the full range of scientific views regarding biological andchemical evolution in connection with teaching any prescribed curriculum regarding chemical or biological evolution."
"A teacher who is employed by a school district shall not be disciplined, denied tenure, terminated, or otherwise discriminated against for objectively presenting scientific information relevant to the full range of scientific views regarding biological or chemical evolution in connection with teaching any prescribed curriculum regarding chemical or biological evolution."
The language of the bill makes it look like current Iowa law somehow doesn't protect the right of instructors to teach "the full range of scientific views regarding biological and chemical evolution", whatever the hell that means. I would be very surprised if someone was somehow reprimanded for teaching evolution to kids, it's in the curriculum after all. Two things makes me suspicious of this. First, why would evolution need such 'protection'? Why so specific regarding "biological and chemical evolution"? What about other things on the science curriculum, like... classical mechanics?
Second, the bill is introduced by this guy, Rod Roberts (R), Carroll, Iowa:
Everything listed there literally screams pastor. They're widely known for their concern and insight regarding the integrity of scientific theories and the education thereof.
Anyway, if this is ID weaseling, they may be shooting themselves in the foot:
"The bill defines "scientific information" to mean germane current facts, data, and peer=reviewed research specific to the topic of chemical and biological evolution. For elementary and secondary schools, the definition is linked to the state's core curriculum for science."
ID has no peer reviewed research.