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What the New Tennessee “Academic Freedom Act” Means to YOU

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
April 10, 2013
122 Greve Hall
821 Volunteer Boulevard
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee

In 2012 the Tennessee legislature passed an “Academic Freedom Act” which called for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses” of allegedly controversial subjects such as University of Tennessee logoevolution, global warming, origin of life, and human cloning. Rather than being just a Tennessee oddity, more than 40 of these laws have cropped up in state legislatures in every region of the country. Because they are patently injurious to science education, citizens need to oppose the passage of these bills — as well as contend for a basic level of science literacy that would make such bills impossible to contemplate. K-12 teachers who attend will have the chance to sign up to receive a free copy of Carl Zimmer's The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution (Roberts and Company, 2010), courtesy of NCSE and Roberts and Company Publishers.

A talk for science teachers
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