Legislators in more than a dozen states this year introduced bills that would target science education, including the teaching of evolution, says the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).
Glenn Branch, NCSE's deputy director, dissected the bills for Scientific American recently. Branch singled out bills in Indiana, Montana, South Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa and other states that would have undermined teaching about evolution, climate change or both.
A favorite tactic of anti-science forces, Branch said, is to target supposedly "controversial" subjects in science classrooms. As Branch noted, evolution is not considered controversial by mainstream scientists. Labeling it as such is intended to put doubts in the minds of students.
Branch noted that the bills are often introduced "in the service of gratifying ideologies--usually...