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Tennessee would permit critical thinking on received science dogmas

From AAAS’s ScienceInsider we learn: “Bill Allowing Teachers to Challenge Evolution Passes Tennessee House” (Sara Reardon, 7 April 2011):

If the bill passes, Tennessee would join Louisiana as the second state to have specific “protection” for the teaching of evolution in the classroom. The effects of the Louisiana law, which passed in 2008, are still unclear.

The bill allows teachers to

“help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught,” namely, “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”

Mediocrats are appalled: “Asserting that there are significant scientific controversies about the overall nature of these concepts when there are none will only confuse students, not enlighten them.”

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3 Responses to Tennessee would permit critical thinking on received science dogmas

  1. Simply there is much opposition to evolution and other ideas now taught as the truth in schools. these states are more in opposition by the demographics of the states.
    Can a free people in their schools teaching their kids demand important subjects reflect the diversity of opinions in the nation.
    Yes.
    if not then such a people is not free and is ruled by obscure tyrants at the top.
    Creationism is not doing the right thing by ignoring the great prohibition against God and Genesis in subjects dealing with origins.
    i’m confident the founding Yankees and Southerners would never allow such a prohibition much less any claim its in their great supreme law of the constitution.
    Any lawyers with nothing to do and want to change a absurd censorship??? Please apply!

  2. Challenging the historical aspects of Darwinism is important too. Read this middle-school lesson plan on Darwin and Lamarck. St Louis Zoo natural selection lesson plan. There are many lies, misleading distortions and falsehoods packed into the first 5 pages. The law should protect students from being taugtht outright lies like these. And this Lamarck-Darwin fairytale is fed routinely to students who don’t know it’s false..

  3. Cf here, too.

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