Tennessee’s legislature passed a law this spring allowing classroom debate about evolution and other scientific theory. The measure garnered national attention, and comparisons to a piece of Tennessee history, the Scopes Monkey Trial.
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Governor Bill Haslam has reluctantly allowed a bill to become law that would give some leeway in the teaching of evolution. State lawmakers want protections for teachers who discuss the “weaknesses” of scientific theories.
A bill to allow more questioning of scientific theories in the name of “critical thinking” got the final vote of approval from the state House of Representatives last night.
The Tennessee State Senate passed an amended version of a bill that opens classrooms to debate that questions established scientific theories.
Legislation to protect teachers who discuss alternative theories to evolution passed the state House last week and now begins its journey through the Senate. WPLN’s state capitol correspondent Joe White describes the debate over scientific theory as the most lively this session.
After one of the liveliest debates this year, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would open up science classrooms to debates on the theories of evolution and global warming.
Opponents haven’t been able to slow down a bill in the state legislature that would allow public school teachers to discuss theories at odds with the theory of evolution.
Scientists lined up last week at the state legislature to oppose a bill they say would allow public school teachers to teach intelligent design, or creationism, as if it were scientific theory.
Physicists at Vanderbilt are part of a research effort into the origin of the universe that’s taking place at a New York laboratory. And they’ve managed to find a way to measure the seemingly impossible – an area smaller than the head of a pin, burning at temperatures hotter than the sun, for one instant.