Academic challenges relative in political realm

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Indiana Senate Education Chairman Dennis Kruse says he's moving on from creationism and instead promoting a "truth in education" measure to allow students and teachers to challenge textbooks and official curricula.

The argument is reminiscent of James Loewen's work dissecting American history textbooks in "Lies My Teacher Told Me" and relies on a long tradition of challenging official dogma, including the establishment of Catholic schools in America in the mid-1800s.

But Indiana University School of Education Dean Emeritus Don Warren says the similarities end there. He says the challenging of scientific evidence is part of a new move "blending faith and science."

And Warren notes it holds peril for religious leaders who could find faith held to the same rigorous standards of evidence as science.

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