“Intelligent Design” coming to Science classroom near you?

Alt Title: “Yeah, well that’s just like, your opinion, man”

The National Center for Science has flagged two anti-evolution bills currently winding their way through the State House.

First up is HB1148

Theory of Evolution. Require evolution to be taught in the public schools of this state as a theory, including the theorists’ political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism.

I wonder who gets to define/summarize the “theorist’s” political and ideological view points? How exactly to we intend to collect the global scientific communities view on Atheism?

HB1575 seems to want to micro manage what our science teachers say in the classroom.

Scientific Inquiry. Require science teachers to instruct pupils that proper scientific inquire results from not committing to any one theory or hypothesis, no matter how firmly it appears to be established, and that scientific and technological innovations based on new evidence can challenge accepted scientific theories or modes.


  1. Do we really need a 400 person Citizen Legislature to define a New Hampshire “version” of the definition of  Scientific Inquiry?
  2. Thankfully this does not appear to effect the teaching of Mathematics, I can’t imagine how confused my 1st grader would be… “Now class currently 2+2= 4 but no matter how firmly we believe that Representive Hopper and Burt want you to know that could change in the future.
  3. Umm… Jobs?

Speaker O’Brien’s House of Representatives continue to embarrass our state.

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  • Chaz Proulx

    I’ve got a theory that traces a direct line between the Taliban and Reps Hopper and Burt.

    Not to suggest that either of these gentlemen are at all violent. I’m sure they aren’t.

    But intellectually they share the exact same fundamentalist ignorance that keeps Afghanistan stuck in the stone age.

    What a vision for New Hampshire in 2012.

  • Lucy Edwards

    any business that depends on scientific theory wanting to bring jobs to NH when their labor pool will have been taught that science is subject to politicians’ ideological interference.  So much for that one thing we were pretty sure about, that business liked to come here because of our well-educated work force.

  • cmnh

    November 2012, I hope.

  • Bill Duncan

    The Legislature has mounted a full frontal assault on public education in New Hampshire.  A number of bills attempt to move curriculum control to the Legislature, eliminate compulsory attendance and damage public education in an imaginative variety of ways.

    See my tabulation of these bills here: https://sites.google.com/site/…  

    • Chuck Townsend
  • Bill Duncan

    HB 1575 ( http://www.gencourt.state.nh.u… )is equally egregious.  It  

    allows a pupil to opt out of a course offered at a public or nonpublic school to engage in a parent-directed course

    The bill that wants to direct scientific inquiry is HB 1457 ( http://www.gencourt.state.nh.u… )

    Or how about HB 1424 ( http://bit.ly/sqrQyx ) allowing a parent’s “conscientious objection” to any thing in the school and take the child out.

    Once you tune into what the “liberty lobby” is trying to do to the school system, you’ll be amazed.

    • mevansnh

      This is another parental rights bill, an attempt to nullify the compulsory attendance rules, giving a parent virtually any desired justification for taking a child out.

      kids would be taken out of school to work in the fields.  I suppose this bill would give parents the rights to remove their children from compulsory attendance for similar reasons.  How forward thinking of the legislature.

      If Newt is elected and those stupid child labor laws rescinded, then this bill will permit the children to work if the parents desire.  Nice.

      • Bill Duncan
    • mevansnh

      My question is who decides what the “proper methods” of scientific inquiry will be?  Some rightwing teabagger legislative committee?

      • Bill Duncan


  • Rep. Jim Splaine

    Unfortunately, there are still 24 hours in each of those days.  Unless the Republican Tea Partiers decide to pass a bill to change that fact.  

    • PeadarS

      Let’s not forget February 21, my friend! One seat at a time!

  • tchair

    How did  Intelligent design give us LITTLE MAN Obrien

  • Chaz Proulx


    Bill Duncan mentioned the “liberty” movements anti school legislation.  The link above is from NH Underground.

    Since the Free Staters moved here I’ve followed their often personal and petty complaints against “Government Schools.”

    For years the stories sounded like nothing more than your typical post teen rebel’s rant against the teacher they hated. Now it includes everything under the son, but this little cauldron is where the moaning goes on year after year.  

    • mevansnh

      Rather scary what these people want to do to other people’s children.  Somalia would make a better place for them to live, me thinks.  

    • Bogey Bill

      That’s a whole lot of crazy scary.

  • DianeR

    Excellent article by David Brooks, the “Granite Geek” in the Nashua Telegraph:

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