Academic Freedom Bills and ResolutionsDespite the existence of legitimate scientific debates involving Darwinian theory, the right of teachers and professors to teach students about these debates is often in question. As a result, there have been repeated cases around the country where teachers, professors and students have been intimidated, ridiculed or penalized for discussing scientific criticisms of the theories of chemical and biological evolution. Because of this, some legislators have proposed statutes to protect the academic freedom of teachers and students when discussing evolution. Two states that have enacted such bills are Louisiana (in 2008) and Tennessee (in 2012). Another option is the academic freedom resolution, which encourages academic freedom by expressing legislative support. Two academic freedom resolutions were passed in 2017 – one by the Indiana Senate and the other by the Alabama legislature.
- Discovery Institute’s Model Academic Freedom Bill and Model Academic Freedom Resolution
- Tennessee Academic Freedom Law
- Academic Freedom FAQ
- The Constitutionality of Academic Freedom Legislation
- Discovery Institute Science Education Policy (please note that Discovery Institute does not favor introducing intelligent design in K-12 public schools; it favors a more limited approach of encouraging the freedom to discuss the scientific evidence for and against Darwin’s theory).
- Discovery Institute’s Model Student Academic Freedom in Science Resolution