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Ind. Lawmaker Pushes for Teacher Truth-Telling Mandate

By Anthony Rebora — December 05, 2012 1 min read

An Indiana state senator, frustrated by the failure of a bill he introduced last year to require schools in the state to teach creationism, now has plans to push legislation promoting the lofty-sounding notion of “truth in education,” according to an Indiana Public Media story.

Republican Dennis Kruse, who is chairman of the Indiana Senate Education Committee, said his new initiative wouldn’t specifically mention creationism or religion, but would require teachers, when pressed by students, to come up with resources to support their assertions. Here, according to IPM, is Kruse’ own description of how the legislation would impact teachers:

If you're teaching something, then a student could question that and say, you know, "How do you know that's true?" And so the teacher would have to come up with different sources, "This is why I think this is true."

Got that? You’d apparently have to answer kids’ questions in class! And have real sources!

In response to Kruse’ proposal, Democratic state senator Tim Skinner replied that, um, these exchanges are already taking place everyday in schools around the country.

HT: Think Progress.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.