So the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wants to once again mandate what specific information regarding a particular scientific theory can be taught — and what specific information cannot be mentioned in a Louisiana public school.

All fair-minded citizens need to ask themselves — and the BESE board — why this censoring needs to be imposed on the students of Louisiana public schools. Who is to gain and who is to lose from this bureaucratic fiat? The students, and the public at large, will lose the opportunity to judge for themselves what is the truth and what is propaganda — if there be any. A major function of education is to teach critical thinking and analysis. Force-feeding facts and conclusions is not the best way to teach science or logic. Thoughtful and complete analysis is what's best for students. I believe BESE may be violating the students' civil rights — based on the protections afforded by the Ninth and Tenth amendments to the Constitution. Perhaps, also by corollary, the First amendment. Any public school system receiving Federal funds should not be allowed such unwarranted censorship power. It's unfair, unAmerican and unconstitutional.

William Woessner


New Orleans