Saturday, April 23, 2005


Alabama Legislators Debate "Academic Freedom" Bill

An bill in the Alabama legislature to introduce creationism into science classrooms under the guise of academic freedom is running into opposition there.

"This bill says that teachers must teach the state course of study, but then they can bring in any other information they want to," says Susan Lockwood, a spokesperson for school superintendents. "We don't believe that's appropriate for children."

Educators and critics are concerned that the bill would allow teachers to use unapproved materials to teach theories of life.

A similar bill has already failed in the Alabama legislature and there is little time in this session for the bill to be considered and voted on.


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