New Tennessee law allows schools to cast doubt on climate change and evolution

Activists outraged.

The new law encourages teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of topics that arouse “debate and disputation” such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning,” and says the goal of science education is to help students “develop critical thinking skills.”

I say three cheers for the Tennessee legislature.

Opponents have derided the new law as a “Monkey Bill,” trying to associate it with the Butler Act and the Scopes Trial of 1925, which earned Tennessee a reputation – deserved or not – as a bastion for backwardness and scientific illiteracy.

“Telling students that evolution and climate change are scientifically controversial is miseducating them,” warned Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).

“(This law) would gut science education in public schools,” warned Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.

“What it does is bring the political controversy into the classroom, where there is no scientific controversy,” groused Larisa DeSantis, who teaches in the Department of Earth and Environment at Vanderbilt University. “As a science teacher I would say there is no controversy over evolution or climate change in the scientific literature.”

No controversy over evolution or climate change??? Is the woman blind?

The bill received strong bipartisan support, passing the state House and Senate by a three-to-one margin. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam allowed the bill to become law without his signature on April 10, 2012, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal (April 10, 2012).

Opponents argue that the new law is an attempt to introduce religious beliefs such as creationism or “intelligent design” as science, thereby undermining broadly accepted scientific principles and hurting students’ education.

I’m not into intelligent design, as you already know if you’ve read “Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps.”  So I’m chagrined that climate change has been lumped together with creationism as just another “religious belief.”

But during a week when 49 NASA  astronauts and scientists filed a written complaint about the agency’s global warming activism, to say that there is “no controversy” over climate change is – if not a flat-out lie – at least a complete misrepresentation of the facts.

See:
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/05/11040270-activists-cry-foul-as-tenn-science-education-bill-hits-governors-desk?lite

Also see:
http://www.insidevandy.com/opinion/article_558b6af4-81d3-11e1-b303-001a4bcf6878.html

Also see:
http://ncse.com/news/2012/04/monkey-bill-enacted-tennessee-007299

Also see:
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/apr/05/hedy-weinberg-gov-bill-haslam-should-veto-monkey/

Also see:
http://doubtfulnews.com/2012/04/tennessee-set-to-roll-back-quality-of-science-education/

Also see:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j9qtrNR9N58BMF9bdr9PhzvDkPMQ?docId=29b3e 7661c5943e19b1ea2a227428e57

Also see:
http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2012/04/06/vanderbilt-professor-and-3200-tenne sseans-urge-haslam-to-veto-science-education-bill

Thanks to Kevin Uscinski for these links

“I really enjoy checking your website for climate news,” says Kevin. “I think its great!”

“I was listening to NPR last night and they had a conversation about a new law that was just passed in Tennessee that allowed for criticism of evolution and global warming in the high schools. Apparently some teachers felt like the couldn’t say that these two items were not 100% proven, and this law helps protect them. Anyway the people who opposed this bill kept arguing on the radio show that there is absolutely no controversy on whether or not global warming is occurring, and that there is no evidence to suggest otherwise, so why create the law?

I included some links for you to read about the story. One of the last ones includes petition against the law which describes how they know that global warming is 100% real and a man made problem.


Comments

New Tennessee law allows schools to cast doubt on climate change and evolution — 1 Comment

  1. This is great! Global Warming is fake science… I have studied this stuff for years and I’ve gone to places to record my own data and everything shows that our climate is getting cooler… Not warmer… They just say it’s getting warmer to get your attention and take our money. I know this because our Sun is 4.67 billion years old and has cooled down lower than half the temperature it used to be when it was first created. The sun’s temperature was close to 18,000 degree’s Fahrenheit. Now it’s roughly 9998 degrees Fahrenheit… If the Sun get’s cooler we get cooler. The clouds also play a big role in this because the Sun along with the Clouds are 99.3% of Earth’s climate change! Human’s don’t even get close to a tenth of a percent of climate change. And they’re saying that man and CO2 are causing the Earth to warm when CO2 isn’t strong enough to hold heat in! Once CO2 is heated up it vanishes which means it can’t warm Earth… So if you guys have any other questions just E-mail me at biglukeman@gmail.com.

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