Tennessee Republicans turn back the clock on science

One Republican even mentioned the hassle of giving up Aqua Net aerosol hairspray which, in her mind, would actually have helped stop global warming. But of course, she doesn’t really support climate change theories anyway and wants teachers to have the right to discuss alternative theories such as the Bible and probably whatever theories the Koch Brothers and Big Oil can produce. It’s no wonder Sarah Palin is so well liked in GOP circles.

Critical thinking? Really?

The House voted 70-23 today for a bill backers say shields teachers from being disciplined if they discuss alternatives to evolution and global warming theories with students.

The debate ranged over the scientific method, “intellectual bullies,” hair spray and “Inherit the Wind,” a 1960 movie about the 1925 Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tenn.

Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, said the bill’s intent is to promote “critical thinking” in science classrooms.


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