High school senior leads Louisiana fight against anti-evolution law
Senior Zack Kopplin, age 17, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is leading the charge against a law that allows creationism to have equal time with evolution in Louisiana high schools. Kopplin attends Baton Rouge Magnet High School, and has been leading a campaign against the state’s Science Education Act since last summer. He has organized students, faculties, clergy, and business leaders to support the repeal of the law and has the support of at least 40 Nobel laureates.
According to Washington Post:
The single most important reason why I took on this repeal was jobs,” Kopplin told me. “This law makes it harder for Louisiana students to get cutting-edge science-based jobs after we graduate, because companies like Baton Rouge’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center are not going to trust our science education with this law on the books.”
He also won the support of major scientists and national and local organizations in support of the repeal; more than 40 Nobel laureates signed a letter that was just sent to the Louisiana Legislature. The National Association of Biology Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Biology Educators also back Kopplin’s campaign.
“The repeal has been rapidly gaining momentum over the last year,” Kopplin said in an email. “People are calling and asking their legislators to take a stand for accurate and evidence-based science. People are driving in from as far away as Shreveport for our rally.
“I believe that this repeal will pass this year. Louisiana students want to be taught science that will prepare them to get jobs in today’s global economy,” he said.
Governor Bobby Jindal opposes the repeal of the law. The article did not say how science achievement is tested since all students in the state would have have necessarily been taught the same material. Why would colleges or businesses hire people for science jobs if they had not had science?
Creationism is faith–one’s religion. Evolution is science. Why would faith be taught in science class? Why would Louisiana and other states allow religion to be taught in place of science? It has been nearly 86 years since the Scopes Monkey Trial. Why is this debate still continuing to erode science education? Schools need to teach science and churches can teach religion. Good luck to Zack Kopplin in his attempt to drag Louisiana education into the 21st century. The students of Louisana deserve an equal education that is not based on which teacher they get or where they go to school.