A bill in the Kansas House Education Committee would require teachers to do something they should already be doing – teaching students to ask questions.
The bill, HB 2306, would require schools to include evidence against climate change in science classes. While we agree that this information should be included in environmental science classes, we’re not sure it’s appropriate for the Kansas Legislature to be that specific. That seems like the job of teachers, the Kansas State Board of Education and local school boards.
That said, we can see why some might feel it necessary for the Legislature to get involved. Students today seem less likely than ever to question scientific theories – even when they’re just that, theories.
Climate change, if it is being taught at all, should be taught as a theory, an inconclusive and questionable one at that.
HB 2306 is probably going nowhere, and that’s a good thing. But hopefully the legislation’s very existence will encourage schools and parents to take a critical look at what’s being taught in textbooks across the state.
Questioning scientific theories should be par for the course in science classes. Future generations should be able to do more than regurgitate what they’ve read. They should also be able to critically examine and question what’s before them.
Written by the editorial staff.