Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The State that time forgot (probably on purpose)

As disgusting as it may be to see Tennessee revisit one of its historical low-lights, I guess any time spent on this does keep their legislators from pissing in their pants about Sharia law or salivating at the thought of mechanical rape:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) will "probably" sign a bill meant to protect teachers who allow students to question and criticize "controversial" scientific theories such as evolution, he told reporters on Monday.

The measure, which has been dubbed the "monkey bill" by critics who claim it's a backdoor approval of religious teachings in public schools, passed votes in the state Senate and House last month.
Students getting to quote fundamentalist talking points in biology class...awesome.

I guess we can dig up zombie William Jennings Bryan now to celebrate, he'll find plenty of unused brains along the Cumberland River.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

Montag said...

I have a son-in-law teaching in a Nashville high school, and I get queasy for his prospects every time I read one of these articles about the Tennessee legislature behaving like a pack of troglodytes.

He's smart and dedicated, but I wonder if that's enough against the full force of a bunch of wackadoos in the Tennessee legislature.

Raoul Paste said...

A race to the bottom.
How do they plan to promote Tennessee to business? "Take advantage of our ignorant, superstitious workforce!"

Anonymous said...

I wonder how much protection would be afforded teachers who allow students to question and criticize "controversial" fairy tales of Christianity.

The proudly-ignorant South -- full speed back to the 19th century.