Here’s a video of Zack Kopplin on Hardball last night. Zack is the student battling the Lousiana Science Education Act – a law that would allow “supplemental textbooks and other teaching materials” into science classrooms. Zack saw this (correctly) as a backdoor method to teach Creationism and has been leading the fight against it.
Some of us remember the LSEA bill passing in 2008. Zack’s been trying to get it repealed since then. He found a senator to sponsor the repeal and has since found thousands of supporters (including over 40 Noble Laureates). Yesterday Zack brought teachers and scientists to testify in favor of the repeal in front of the Louisiana Senate Education Committee.
Zack makes a couple excellent points on Hardball. One is that science *is* a process of critical thinking (one of the ostensible purposes of the law is to promote critical thinking). Another point is that a state’s science standards determine how their students will be viewed elsewhere.
He also slams Michelle Bachman which is both fair and entertaining.
All in all it was an excellent appearance. Zack deserves a lot of credit for his work. I for one am very impressed and I’m confident he has a bright future ahead of him. Whatever the fate of the repeal, Zack’s done a tremendous service for the cause of rationality. The fight is as important as the outcome. The Louisiana legislature may reject reason for a few more years but the rest of the world has benefited from watching this ordeal. There are bills similar to the LSEA all across the country – it’s an ongoing struggle, and I’m glad there are people like Zack on our side.
Zack, please let us know if you need anything from Team FSM. We have your back.