12 April 2012

Tennessee Teaches The Controversy

From UD:
The state famous for the Scopes "Monkey" Trial has passed a law that protects teacher's speech. Teachers can now answer student's questions regarding controversial issues such as Global Change (Global Warming + Climate Change) and Neo-Darwinism*. Remember, the Earth has been cooling since 1998, the climate in the past has changed faster and to a greater degree both up and down in the past before humans had anything more advanced than cook fires, NASA revealed that the atmosphere has a huge heat pump that is sending heat into space faster than we can put it out, and that the best example of evolution - the whale - was hoaxed.

"Senators voted 24-8 to pass a bill that says schoolteachers cannot be punished for “helping students to understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories” taught in public schools."

Statist groups like the AAAS and ACLU strongly oppose the new law. The Washington Post reports derisively: "The law encourages teachers to “present the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught.” But, as noted by the nonprofit National Center for Science Education, the only examples given in the bill of “controversial” theories are “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”"

This is a step in the right direction from a state that Urban Mystic reporters in the field assert is full of government corruption.

*Teachers can engage students in discussing controversial topics but they must bring the discussion back to the approved curriculum.