I finally got the full text of HB 179. This causes me to change some of my earlier comments. This bill is not intended to modify the state standards produced by the Department of Education. Instead it introduces another state standard that teachers must comply with when they develop their lessons. Of course, the bill still provides for no development of a model curriculum to meet its decree and does not include any language specifying what teachers are to do if no “factual scientific evidence” against evolution exists. In other words, what are teachers in the real world supposed to do?
Any way here is the full text.
House Bill 179
By: Representative Bridges of the 10th
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
To amend Part 2 of Article 6 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to competencies and core curriculum in elementary and secondary schools, so as to provide for the presentation of certain scientific evidence whenever any theory of the origin of humans or other living things is taught; to provide for legislative intent; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
Part 2 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to competencies and core curriculum in elementary and secondary schools, is amended by adding at the end thereof a new Code section, to be designated as Code Section 20-2-148, to read as follows:
(a) Whenever any theory of the origin of human beings or other living things is included in a course of study offered by a local unit of administration, factual scientific evidence supporting or consistent with evolution theory and factual scientific evidence inconsistent with or not supporting the theory shall be included in the course of study.
(b) The method of instruction described in subsection (a) of this Code section is intended to strengthen the analytical skills of students by requiring the presentation of a broad range of scientific evidence regarding theories of the origin of humans and other living things. The requirements of subsection (a) of this Code section are not intended to authorize or promote the presentations of religious beliefs.”
This Act shall become effective on July 1, 2005.
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.