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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that a proposed law in Tennessee encouraging science teachers to "critique" the theory of evolution, human cloning and global warming is a thinly-veiled plan to put bad science in good schools.

A bill passed the Tennessee House of Representatives April 7 that would require state and local educational authorities to "assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies" and permit teachers to "help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught."

One of the original drafters of the bill is no less than Focus On The Family, a group from the religious right that aims to put creationism back into the classroom. They succeeded in Mississippi, where science advocates are currently fighting to repeal the "anti-evolution law."

In Tennessee, it's now up to the State Senate to stop the bill. They're set to vote later this month. Sign this petition to tell them that Tennessee students deserve to learn science in science class.

Letter to
Chair, TN Senate Education Committee Sen. Dolores R. Gresham
Tennessee State Senate
Tennessee Governor
I am writing to ask you to vote no on SB 893, a bill that would hurt science education in Tennessee and poorly equip Tennessee students for success in science, technology and math fields.

I stand with the Tennessean (in its editorial of March 29, 2011), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, who all expressed their opposition of the House equivalent, HB 368. The Tennessee Science Teachers Association -- called this bill "unnecessary, anti-scientific, and very likely unconstitutional."

Please help support science education - not tear it down.