Anti-Evolution and Anti-Climate Science Legislation Scorecard: 2012
By - - NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION
Added: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:22:00 UTC
Although not directly education related, North Carolina in the US is already famous for trying to legislate global warming away.
Call 2012 the Year of the Copycat. Many of the antievolution bills proposed this year were old bills that were simply dusted off and offered up as new.
A 2011 Tennessee bill—largely drawn from Louisiana's infamous 2008 Science Education Act—was revived and signed into law in April. Among other things, this classic "academic freedom" bill lets teachers "help" students critique evolution, global warming, and more. This means there are now two states in the Union—Louisiana and Tennessee—that have anti-evolution and anti-climate change education laws on the books.
Another classic "academic freedom" bill that nearly passed was Oklahoma's HB 1551, which trotted out classic creationist "teach the strengths and weakness" wording. (For more on academic freedom acts, go here.)
Other bills, such as Missouri's HB 1227, tried to shoehorn creationism into the classroom by mucking with state science standards. And like last year, several bills attacked both evolution and climate change education. (See Why is NCSE Now Concerned with Climate Change?).
Given all the proposed legislation this year—9 bills in all—we thought a short guide would be helpful.
Jerry Coyne - Why Evolution Is True Comments
James Shapiro goes after natural selection again (twice) on HuffPo
NBC Staff - NBCNews.com Comments
Oklahoma high school valedictorian denied diploma for using 'hell' in speech
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Teachers, scientists and policymakers have drafted ambitious new education standards. All 50 states should adopt them
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Jewel Topsfield - The Age Comments
The group representing parents in Victorian state schools has joined teachers in calling for controversial religious instruction classes to be scrapped during school hours.
Allie Torgan - CNN Comments
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