The State Department of Education is accepting written comments on revisions to Idaho’s educational standards. These standards provide guidance to teachers around the state to ensure that all students receive a quality education that is based on well-founded principles.

Based on the recent actions of the Idaho Legislature, some of the revised standards remain in limbo. These standards update education standards on a variety of topics, but a conflict arose specific to scientific topics, including the age of the earth, formation of the solar system, climate change, and global warming.

Science, technology, engineering, and math education, known as STEM, has been highlighted in recent years as a critical component of our children’s education and successful careers. Unfortunately, some of these topics appear to be falling victim to ideology.

What Happened?

Even though the State Board of Education unanimously approved the standards following a public comment process in 2015, members of the Idaho Legislature heard from a handful of residents who disagreed with some of the changes.

Some suggested that the big bang theory and origin of the solar system not be presented as fact. They disagreed with the age of the earth and felt that language referencing global warming should be revised. As a result, the Legislature rejected the standards.

So, What’s Happening Now?

Nonetheless, the State Department of Education is resubmitting the identical standards for review and it’s time to weigh in in support of science!

Why does the Idaho Conservation League care? Because we care about an informed citizenry, which includes a solid foundation based on scientific principles. We want future generations of Idahoans to be part of a well-informed global society and to receive a competent education that leads to successful careers. Most importantly, we want to ensure that you have a chance to speak up and make a difference.  

What can you do? Right now, you can send in your comments in support of these sensible revisions. Public comments must be submitted by Friday, Apr 29, and will be published on the State Department of Education’s website.