Thursday, March 11, 2004


The Alabama Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would disallow discrimination--including firing--for teachers who offer alternatives to evolution in the classroom:
A legislative committee on Wednesday approved a plan that would prohibit firing or discriminating against teachers for presenting "alternative theories" to evolution.

The Senate Education Committee voted 7-0 for the "Academic Freedom Act," which says no teacher or professor in public schools or universities could be fired, denied tenure or otherwise discriminated against for presenting such theories, which could include creationism. The proposal could be debated by the 35-member Senate as soon as next week.

The bill also would prohibit any student from being penalized because he or she held "a particular position on biological or physical origins," as long as the student demonstrated "acceptable understanding of course materials," which could include evolution.

Sounds like a good idea to me. Just another reason to like Alabama.

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