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Controversy? What Controversy?

Legislation has been introduced in seven states that would affect how evolution is taught in those states' school systems, reports LiveScience's Robert Roy Britt. One of the latest is in Tennessee where the House of Representatives passed a bill that "if enacted, would require state and local education authorities to assist teachers in helping students 'analyze' and 'critique' the 'scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses' of theories it labels as controversial, including evolution and global warming," according to the AAAS Policy Alert.

"That all sounds great, if there were indeed controversy that needed teaching," says Britt at LiveScience. The Tennessee Science Teachers Association, he adds, calls the bill "unnecessary, anti-scientific, and very likely unconstitutional." Similar bills have been introduced in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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