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LongTomH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 09:03 PM
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Antiscience bill in Tennessee
This is from Phil Plait's marvelous Bad Astronomy website: Antiscience bill passes Tennessee House. This is truly ghastly for anyone who cares about America's place in the world!

The language of the bill reads in part:

This bill prohibits the state board of education and any public elementary or secondary school governing authority, director of schools, school system administrator, or principal or administrator from prohibiting any teacher in a public school system of this state from helping 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, such as evolution and global warming.

Phil comments:

On the surface this sounds like legit science; after all, science thrives on understanding the weaknesses in ideas so they can be improved. But if you read that last part, conservative antiscience rears its head: the two specific cases mentioned are evolution and global warming.

That doesnt sound like real science is the motivation behind this bill and reading quotes by its supporters confirms it. What this really means is that if a teacher wants to declare the Earth is 6000 years old (or make some other clearly wrong ideologically-based claim), that teacher cannot be stopped.


So this bill passed the House, but it still has to pass the Tennessee Senate. They have their own version up for vote targeted for April 20. If you live in Tennessee, I urge you to go to the NCSE website, read up on this, and then write your local representative.

Phil's image for this:

may as well speak for the U.S. in the mid-21st century unless we stand up to these extremists! How can we maintain any sort of world leadership with a population of total science illiterates?
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 09:06 PM
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1. Yeah, I saw Phil's post this weekend
If you hadn't posted that pic, I would have
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 09:13 PM
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2. Camel's nose under the tent
We seem on autopilot heading toward the next dark age.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 09:16 PM
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3. Sounds like a southern problem to me.
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 09:23 PM
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4. It is. It's a legacy of the plantation mentality, religious control of the poor,
and waiting for the "boss man" to tell you what to do, including how to vote.

It's really amazing.

They get all distracted by "moral outrage" against homosexuality, the right to choose, immigrants, evolution, global warming, etc.

And they get all hyped up about "patriotism", the military, guns, etc.

It's a really self-damaging culture.

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socialist_n_TN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 09:28 PM
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5. We're on it...........
I don't think this passes at this time. The Legislature is more focused on the economic slavery issues this year. Most of the social issue things haven't made it through. They're still trying to make sure the wealthy have MORE, before tackling this type of stuff. That's for next year.
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