Short notice, I know, but this shit’s important. If you can, make it out to show that the IDiotic “academic fairness (but what we really mean is we want to overthrow science in the classroom)” legislation that just opened the doors of Tennessee classrooms to all manner of IDiocy, creationism, and outright denialism needs to go down in flames.
Special bonus: it’s a former Earth Sciences professor from Vanderbilt who’s headlining. And Ryan Haupt from the Science…sort of podcast is speaking. For updates, see Science…sort of on Facebook and Twitter.
Here’s the vitals from Ryan:
WHAT: Rally and press conference to voice concerns about HB 368 and discuss plans for continued work to promote strong science education
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: South steps of the Tennessee State Capitol, 600 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville
WHO: Multiple speakers, led by Larisa DeSantis, parent and Vanderbilt professor who led petition drive to urge Governor Haslam to veto the bill.
If you can’t make it, you can still get involved. The cowardly (mis)governor’s contact info is here. Also, thanks to the magic of copy-paste on the internets, here!
Phone: (615) 741-2001
Fax: (615) 532-9711
The schools of Tennessee already physically beat children (14,868 in 2006 alone). Let’s show them that physical abuse shouldn’t be compounded by intellectual abuse. With better science standards, perhaps the next generation of Tennessee legislators and school officials will be able to figure out that science doesn’t support the efficacy of corporal punishment, and the physical abuse will stop as well.