Apr 17 2013
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday said he had no problem with creationism being taught in public schools.
During an interview with NBC host Hoda Kotb, Jindal said students should be taught “the best science” in public schools, but implied that teaching creationism would not interfere with that.
“We have what’s called the Science Education Act that says that if a teacher wants to supplement those materials, if the school board is okay with that, if the state school board is okay with that, they can supplement those materials,” he explained.
“Bottom line, at the end of the day, we want our kids to be exposed to the best facts. Let’s teach them about the big bang theory, let’s teach them about evolution, let’s teach them — I’ve got no problem if a school board, a local school board, says we want to teach our kids about creationism, that people, some people, have these beliefs as well, let’s teach them about ‘intelligent design.’”
Jindal said students should be free to question “controversial issues” like climate change and other scientific theories, adding, “What are we scared of?”
Activist Zack Kopplin has launched a campaign to repeal the LSEA, which was signed into law by Jindal in 2008. The law permits local school boards to approve supplemental classroom materials that support creationism and question the theory of evolution.