Tennessee Kids Don’t Need Intellectual As Well As Physical Abuse. Nashville-Area Readers: Rally for Science!


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!

Governor Haslam

Phone: (615) 741-2001
Fax: (615) 532-9711
email: Bill.Haslam@tn.gov

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.

(h/t Ryan Brown and JT Eberhard)

Comments

  1. JSC_ltd says

    science doesn’t support the efficacy of corporal punishment, and the physical abuse will stop as well.

    Teach the controversy!

  2. Dave says

    Sent my email to the guvs the other day. As a resident of Tennessee, this is downright embarrassing.

  3. slc1 says

    In fairness to the governor, a veto on his part would have been an exercise in futility. It only takes a simple majority in both houses of the Tennessee legislature to override a veto and the bills passed both houses by a 3 to 1 vote.

  4. says

    In fairness to the governor, a veto on his part would have been an exercise in futility.

    I don’t know about that; a governor has an awfully tall platform. Imagine “His last political act was to shame the legislature for rolling back science education to before the Scopes trial”. Well worth it.