Actually, it turned out to be a good day at the Texas SBOE text book hearings in September. Of course there were the creationists who got up to speak, but that just made for more fun. Icing on the cake were the fans of science who came from all over. One of these was Zack Kopplin.
In case you are not acquainted with Zack Kopplin, here is a short clip from his Wikipedia entry.
Zachary “Zack” Sawyer Kopplin (born July 20, 1993) is an American political activist, writer, organizer, researcher, and academic, and television personality from Louisiana. Kopplin has campaigned to keep creationism out of public school science classrooms and been involved with other separation of church and state causes. He has opposed school vouchers because they provide public money to schools which may teach creationism. As a high school student, he organized seventy-eight Nobel laureate scientists in a campaign against the Louisiana Science Education Act, a creationism law. He is also involved with science funding policy and curriculum and textbook policy. His new campaign calls for a launching Second Giant Leap for Humankind, through a reinvestment in science and through ensuring students learn science.
It gets even better. At the rally prior to the text book hearings, Texas Freedom Network president Kathy Miller disclosed the good news that Zack had moved from Louisiana to Texas. Louisiana’s loss is our gain.
Later, speaking before the Board, Zack disclosed the startling news that major scientific societies, such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, supports the theory of evolution, proclaiming that evolution is the underlying theory of the biological science. Don’t you just hate it when some smart guy comes all the way from Louisiana to Texas just to tell you something you already know? That’s Zack Kopplin for you. A video clip of Zack’s talk is available on YouTube.
He also explained, patiently I am sure, that requiring the teaching of “strengths and weaknesses” is superfluous law. Science does that already. That’s the way science works. The only reason, according to Zack, some Board members want language like that in the science standards is to provide a hint that something might be wrong with the theory of evolution. See what I mean? There he goes again. Zack came all the way from Louisiana to tell the SBOE what they already knew—that some members were proposing such language just to put a special twist on the requirements in order to cast doubt on the purely natural explanations of science.
Anyhow, now that Zack Kopplin is here, here’s hoping he plans to stay a while.