Tennessee bill protects teachers who challenge evolution and climate change

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 13:00 in Psychology & Sociology

State legislature gives legal protection to teachers who do not believe in the science and want to debate alternate explanationsThe state legislature of Tennessee has given legal cover to public school teachers to challenge the science of evolution and climate change, in a move that looks set to deepen a debate about politicisation of the classroom.The bill passed in the Tennessee Senate this week provides legal protection to teachers who personally do not believe in evolution or the human causes of climate change, and instead want to teach the "scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories".It comes at a time when science associations are increasingly concerned by moves to inject religious or ideological beliefs into science teaching ahead of the release next month of a new set of education standards which give a central place to climate change.The new standards, based on recommendations from the National Research Council, are...

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