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Monday, September 8, 2008

A Message for Louisiana

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is calling on Louisiana citizens and legislators to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act—one of a number of "academic freedom" acts that have popped up in states nationwide—and to keep religious concepts like creationism and "intelligent design" out of the public school science curriculum. The problem, according to the society, is that the act allows teachers to supplement state-approved science textbooks with other materials when teaching about evolution, human cloning, and global warming—and this "makes it possible for local school boards to define science and science education to suit their own agendas, thereby compromising the quality of science education for students, and allowing religious discrimination in America’s public school science classrooms."