NCSE’s eyes on Florida

The National Center for Science Education has taken note of the instructional materials bills filed in the Florida legislature. Their analysis is thorough, taking note of the many problems the bills have. For instance:

“A further provision of the bills is also of concern. Currently, instructional materials used in Florida’s schools must be consistent with the state science standards. HB 899 and SB 1018 would allow that instructional materials may be alternatively be consistent with ‘standards that are equivalent to or better than the applicable state standards.’ No criteria for assessing the relative quality of standards are provided.”

And they found something I had missed: complaints that “an American history textbook that it is ‘permeate[d]’ by ‘discussion of climate change.'”

[Also posted at Florida Citizens for Science]