MO Bill Challenges Evolution
The bill would make teachers point out what it calls "faulty logic" and "alternative explanations" when disussing "a theory of biological origins."
But, scientists want to keep curriculum decisions in local school districts and out of the General Assembly.
Dan Miller teaches biology and the theory of evolution at Columbia's Hickman High School.
"It's the best explanation we have on how life on Earth has gotten here," he said.
Critics say the bill would introduce scientific doubt not shared by most experts. Critics also fear the state would force teachers to include theories such as intelligent design.
"I would much prefer our local school boards indicate what is going to be taught in class," said Columbia school board member Elton Fay, "and not have the state dictate what a particular course should be."
Miller added, "This particular bill isn't concerned about cell theory, atomic theory, gravitational theory, round-Earth theory, or any number of theories we have in science. It's specifically concerned with evolution."
Missouri lawmakers have failed to pass similar legislation in past sessions, although this year's bill is making its way through the legislature.