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.
“As a science teacher I would say there is no controversy over evolution or climate change in the scientific literature.” groused Larisa DeSantis, who teaches in the Department of Earth and Environment at Vanderbilt University.
No controversy over evolution or climate change??? Is the woman blind?
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.