Debate Over How to Teach Evolution and Climate Change

A new Tennessee law would require public schools to allow teachers to teach purported weaknesses in the widely-accepted scientific theories found in textbooks. - Leigh Jay Hicks: http:/www.flickr.com/photos/partyofhicks/4498080200/

A new Tennessee law would require public schools to allow teachers to teach purported weaknesses in the widely-accepted scientific theories found in textbooks.

Debate Over How to Teach Evolution and Climate Change

Tennessee's legislature approved a bill that allows teachers to challenge theories of evolution and global warming. An update on the debate over science education.

Nearly 90 years after the famous Scopes monkey trial, Tennessee has once again become a battleground over teaching evolution and other science topics in the classroom. The state legislature passed a bill that would require public schools to allow teachers to challenge widely accepted theories on evolution and climate change. Opponents of the so-called "monkey bill" - after the Scopes trial - are pressuring Tennessee's governor to veto it. They say its real purpose is to elevate religion over science. Supporters of the measure argue it's all about academic freedom. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of experts talk about the debate over teaching science in the classroom.

Guests

David Fowler

president, the Family Action Council of Tennessee; former Republican state senator.

Eugenie Scott

executive director of the National Center for Science Education.

David Masci

senior researcher, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Robert Destro

professor of law; director, Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America.

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