Apparently Tennessee Republicans can't think for themselves. Nine state legislatures are in lockstep when it comes to following the national GOP marching orders and cramming anti evolution or so-called 'Intelligent Design' bills down citizens' throats. Tennessee is one.
Whatever it takes to make the U.S. education system the everlasting laughingstock of the world. We can't do science and math, but by golly we can do anti evolution and Christian mythology!
The National Center for Science Education found a nine anti-evolution bills have been introduced in state legislatures in 2011, which is a new record. According to Religion Dispatches, a bill introduced in Florida this month would require, a "thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution" in the state's public schools. Another bill recently introduced in Tennessee says educators could not be prohibited 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."
In 2005, the federal court case Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District found that intelligent design is a form of creationism, and teaching it in schools as science violates the First Amendment. The new bills get around this by suggesting teachers should discuss the controversy, and using terms like "critical analysis." With the emergence of the Tea Party and its seeming disdain for facts, it isn't all that surprising that the creationism debate has returned. Hopefully even though many Republicans have been pushing to inject more of their religious values into our laws, sensible members of the legal system will once again manage to keep creationism out of the classroom.
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