Sunday, March 25, 2012

Intelligent Design - #3758 - Tennessee Senate Passes Bill Allowing Alternative Theories to Evolution in the Classroom - The Blaze

The Tennessee state Senate passed a bill this week with an overwhelming majority in favor — 24-8 — which would allow for teachers to discuss alternative scientific theories to “subjects that may cause debate and disputation” with students. Senate Bill 893 prevents the Tennessee Board of Education and local education officials from prohibiting public school teachers from “helping students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories.” The Associated Press reports Senate sponsor Bo Watson of Hixson as saying the bill helps teachers feel comfortable “addressing students concerns about certain scientific theories.” While supporters see the bill as encouraging critical thinking of scientific issues, opponents believe it is a direct attack on teaching evolution, with some likening it to a modern-day “Scopes Monkey Trial.” In 1925, John Scopes was fined $100 for teaching evolution in a biology class. Although the Tennessee Supreme Court later overturned the original ruling the case, the state’s anti-evolution education law wasn’t revoked until 1967. Opponents have also expressed concern that this bill could also open the door for teaching alternative theories to man-made global warming.  Read more..........  

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