Under a new Tennessee law, teachers could be encouraged to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “controversial” topics, including “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.” The bill became law despite the fact that it did not receive the signature of Governor Bill Haslam (R), who did not sign or veto the legislation.

Although the law would not require the teaching of creationist ideas, it would provide protections to educators who help students critique the “scientific weaknesses” of evolution.

 


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