A Missouri lawmaker, Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville), contends that public school children in his state who question Darwinian theory are ridiculed. He introduced a bill into the state's General Assembly that would allow parents to opt their children out of evolution teaching.
"What my bill would do is it would allow parents to opt out of natural selection teaching," Brattin told a Missouri TV channel, KCTV. "It would not prohibit the child from going through biology from learning about cell structure, DNA and the building blocks of life."
Q: Tell us your thoughts about Brattin's proposal.
At least Brattin's bill wouldn't cut out all of science education. But giving parents the chance to have their kids not be taught the theory of evolution is in general a bad idea. It is a theory, after all; it's a pretty good theory, as far as I'm concerned, but it is a theory. Couldn't the parents emphasize to their kids that a theory is not a fact? I mean, if the kids are ridiculed now, won't they be even more laughed at if they get to go to the non-Darwinian room or some such during that aspect of science class?