As a bill allowing the teaching of creationism moves from the Indiana Senate to House, this column in the Ball State Daily News reveals a dirty little secret – it's already happening.
No surprise that the columnist graduated from a northeast Indiana high school, either. I suspect you would find science teachers including creationism lessons in a number of Indiana public schools. BSU sophomore Devan Filchak deserves credit for registering a protest to the "cheesy" creationism video, but she also paid a price.
"When I showed my distaste, my teacher picked on me, prodding me until I finally admitted I am agnostic in front of the whole class," she writes. "For about three or four days, the teacher brought up religion. I was upset, but I wasn't sure who to talk to about it at first."
Filchak had another experience with an inappropriate religious lesson in economics class. She's clearly bright and well-informed, but the critics complaining about Indiana's low educational attainment level should consider the many students who wouldn't apply critical thinking to such lessons. Is it really any wonder Indiana students struggle to complete college when some of their teachers are using class time for religious instruction?