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Common Core bill sparks creationism debate in Ohio

  // Friday, 22 August 2014 13:11 //

CINCINNATI - A bill to repeal the Common Core education standards in Ohio has ignited a new debate about an old issue: whether schools should be allowed to teach creationism.

The debate stems from a few sentences about science standards contained in the state House bill. The language is vague and, sponsors thought, fairly innocuous.

"The standards in science shall be based in core existing disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics; incorporate grade-level mathematics and be referenced to the mathematics standards; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; and prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another.

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Critics, however, say that language opens the door for school districts to teach creationism - sometimes called intelligent design - in science classes.

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