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Creationism Rises Like a Zombie in the South, Disproportionate Disciplinary Suspension of Minorities and EC Students, and Civil Rights Battles Continue in Charleston, SC. Required Readings 4.28.14

Earlier this week we mentioned the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), an “academic freedom” bill allowing science teachers in Louisiana to provide supplemental texts to undermine scientific consensus.  Most who read this blog probably know that “academic freedom” is code for creationism and other ideological, not evidence based, scientific conclusions.  Well, Louisiana has failed to strike down the bill, and so the unsinkable rubber duck returns to the surface.  Supporters say that critics cannot prove that the bill leads to religious materials entering the science classroom, but that the Christian Louisiana Family Forum has lobbied for the bill should tell you all you need to know.

In our school, the head of the Exceptional Children Department has started a committee to investigate suspension and expulsion rates of minority and EC students.  We are seeing a similar pattern that a non-profit social justice group found in Washington Public Schools.

We’ve been sharing stories out of South Carolina a lot recently.  The College of Charleston has become the center of a battle between conservative state legislators, and the more progressive culture of college campuses.  It would appear that the state legislator would like to keep Charleston’s Plantaion Era appeal more authentic.

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Keith is a high school Chemistry and Biology teacher for an urban public school district in an area of the country where pants are called “britches.” Though he has a degree in Percussion Performance, he teaches science because he thinks that a well honed skeptical toolbox is necessary for a more informed citizenry and a more just and prosperous society. When he’s not in the classroom, he spends all his time with his wife and two children, attempting to become the first person in the world to be both a perfect husband and father.

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