And We Used to Think Academic Freedom Was Commendable | GenomeWeb

Here's a cringe-worthy story from the Wall Street Journal about new tactics from opponents of evolution -- specifically, how critics have taken to lobbying state legislators to pass so-called academic freedom bills "that would encourage or require public-school teachers to cast doubt on a cornerstone of modern science," the article says. "The common goal: To expose more students to articles and videos that undercut evolution."

 

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