- An important purpose of science education is to inform students about scientific evidence and to help students develop critical thinking skills necessary to become intelligent, productive, and scientifically informed citizens;
- The teaching of some scientific subjects required to be taught under the curriculum framework developed by the state board of education may cause debate and disputation including, but not limited to, biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning; and
- Some teachers may be unsure of the expectation concerning how they should present information when debate and disputation occur on such subjects; now, therefore,
Despite 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 to protect the academic freedom of teachers and students regarding evolution by statute.
A good example of a model academic freedom bill was enacted in Tennessee in 2012.
You can play a part in protecting free science in your state by promoting such legislation. Contact us if you have some time and passion for a worthy cause.