The below study tracks evolution of pro-creationism laws in the United States. With the help of evolutionary principles, scientists reported that the laws ostensibly aimed at improving science education are mainly focused on making the classrooms safe for creationism. Researchers said that the study throws light of the reason behind the fact that why there have been laws that opposes the teaching of evolution in US public schools.
They added that they have found a scientific theory behind the cause. On analyzing dozens of bills introduced in state legislatures around the country, researchers revealed that how a single innovation from a small Louisiana parish was incorporated into 32 subsequent bills through a process the study describes as ‘descent with modification’. Out of those 32 bills, two have been turned into law that now poses negative effect on science education for students throughout Louisiana (population 4.7 million) and Tennessee (population 6.5 million).
Nicholas Matzke, who recently became a research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, has spent three years at the National Center for Science Education. At the organization, Mazke supported the parents of public school students from Dover, Pa., who filed a federal lawsuit to remove intelligent design from their school district’s curriculum. Throwing light on the professional life of Mazke, he went on to earn his doctorate in integrative biology at UC Berkeley and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis in Knoxville, Tenn.
He took a similar approach to map the family tree of 65 anti-evolution bills that have been introduced in 16 U.S. states since the Kitzmiller decision. The bills by Mazke do not mention creationism or intelligent design by name, but they generally give teachers legal cover to present a “critical analysis” of evolution. Despite of bills, two other texts have been included by Mazke in his analysis, the school board policy from Louisiana’s Ouachita Parish and a model bill produced by the Discovery Institute, a major proponent of intelligent design. The Discovery Institute plan aims to promote “Academic Freedom Acts,” which are “aimed at encouraging teachers to promote antievolutionism”.