A courageous trio of New Hampshire state legislators in the New Hampshire state legislature have introduced legislation aiming to inject a bit of FREEDOM into the New Hampshire state school system.
House Bill 1457, introduced by District 7 Republican heroes Gary Hopper and John Burt, would help students learn the scientific method by introducing some much-needed reasonable doubt in the scientific method. The bill would:
[Require] science teachers to instruct pupils that proper scientific inquire [sic] results from not committing to any one theory or hypothesis, no matter how firmly it appears to be established, and that scientific and technological innovations based on new evidence can challenge accepted scientific theories or modes."
The second bill is even better. Introduced by District 17 legislator Jerry Bergevin, House Bill 1148 would introduce even more reasonable doubt into so-called "established" so-called "facts":
[Require] evolution to be taught in the public schools of this state as a theory, including the theorists' political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism."Both bills represent a courageous and forthworthy stand against the culture of factism that has pervaded the American school system. By reinforcing the notion that facts are fluid and giving students the ability to selectively tune out of topics that conflict with their deeply-held beliefs, these bills will give New Hampshire students true academic freedom in their science classes.
The only problem with these bills is that they don't go far enough, only limiting themselves to science classes. What about other, equally controversial topics that are equally forced upon innocent students?
Students should also be taught that historical events, mathematical formulas, and grammatical rules are unproven theories that are prone to change at any time. What if some new discovery overturns the Pythagorean Theorem or negates the rule against ending a sentence with a preposition? And students should have the freedom to opt out of any subject based on the religious beliefs of its proponents, be it the Muslim inventors of algebra or the Hellenists who invented Greek mythology.
Students will only be free when they have the freedom to learn nothing.