The Science Problem

So, by know pretty much everyone knows about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s whole I’m-totally-okay-with-people-thinking-Dinosaurs-hung-out-with-people-problem.

Or, more specifically, Jindal signed into law the Louisiana Science Education Act in 2008. The act allowed, in the words of Bill Barrow of The Times-Picayune:

local school boards to approve supplemental materials for science classrooms. Independent of local action, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education may approve and block specific materials. The board also can field complaints about materials a local school system has approved, with the authority to overrule the local board decision.

This would allow for teachers to make creationism part of their science classes. Jindal’s implicit endorsement of such unscientific, indeed wacko, ideas could make it rather difficult for Romney to choose him for the vice presidency.

Jindal, incidentally, graduated from Brown University in 1992 and was a Rhodes Scholar. So you’d think he’d be familiar with real science.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer