Colleen Grady, a board member from the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville, wants to add guidelines to the state science standards for teaching on such topics as evolution, global warming, stem-cell research and cloning.
Grady said she views her proposal as a compromise to ensure that differing views are considered when teaching such hot-button issues.
“We would provide a template so schools would be comfortable discussing controversial issues,” she said last week.
Talk of revisiting the issue has raised concern among scientists who have long fought efforts that they say undermine Darwin’s theory of evolution. Now, they argue, some board members want to subject other areas of science to heightened scrutiny.
“This is so transparent,” said Steve Rissing, a biology professor at Ohio State University. “These are not controversial areas of science.”
As suggested, I emailed the board members this past Friday to voice my concern over the proposed change, and who emailed me back but Colleen Grady, saying she knew of no such proposal–clearly contradicted by the Dispatch story.
Something’s fishy back in the Buckeye state…