I have never been to Missouri, but from what I read the whole sounds like an amusement park short on rides but with plenty of amusement:
HB 291, the "Missouri Standard Science Act," redefines a few things you thought you already knew about science. For example, a "hypothesis" is redefined as something that reflects a "minority of scientific opinion and is "philosophically unpopular." A scientific theory is "an inferred explanation...whose components are data, logic and faith-based philosophy." And "destiny" is not something that $5 fortune tellers believe in; Instead, it's "the events and processes that define the future of the universe, galaxies, stars, our solar system, earth, plant life, animal life, and the human race."
The bill requires that Missouri elementary and secondary schools—and even introductory science classes in public universities—give equal textbook space to both evolution and intelligent design (any other "theories of origin" are allowed to be taught as well, so pick your favorite creation myth—I'm partial to the Russian raven spirit.) "I can't imagine any mainstream textbook publisher would comply with this," Meikle says. "The material doesn't exist."
The bill also establishes a nine-person committee (who must work for free) responsible for developing ad-hoc textbook material until appropriate textbook material is found.
Months ago, Paul highlighted a depressing article about how fiction is disappearing from public school curricula because nonfiction is stupidly considered more useful or something. But perhaps you can't chase fiction out of public schools; I'd like to think that bills like this are destiny's way of ensuring that children get an equal dose of engrossing absurdism to counteract all that practical nonfiction.
And I would gladly volunteer for an ad-hoc science textbook committee. I think, given Missouri's standards for education, I'd be more than qualified.