Commend Student for Standing Up for Evidence-Based Science in Education

Target: Louisiana student Zack Kopplin

Goal: Commend Zack and fellow young activists for speaking out against factually questionable science education programs.

The Louisiana Science Education Act, passed in 2008, is a bill that allows for supplemental materials deriding scientific evidence of climate change and evolution.  While those who passed the law insist that it promotes critical thinking and opens up objective discussions about these topics, the reality is that it is a loophole allowing for creationism in curriculum.  It violates separation between church and state and undermines fact-based science, leaving children confused about pertinent issues.  Zack Kopplin has proudly taken the lead against this bill and has gained significant support through his efforts.

Zack began his crusade against science-denying education with his senior high school project, a campaign sponsored by Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.  Although the bill to repeal failed to pass, it was endorsed by 78 Nobel laureates and over a dozen scientific and educational associations, as well as the New Orleans City Council.  He has since expanded his campaign to other states across the nation that have enacted similar laws, and regularly argues before the Louisiana Senate, hoping to make progress.  With his tenacity, Zack has inspired other students to speak out against teachings supporting untrue facts at their own schools.

As a leader in the fight against the Louisiana Science Education Act, Zack is garnering serious support for a proper science education.  Whether we believe it is caused by humans or not, lessons about climate change, as well as evolution, need to be taught from an evidence-based perspective before being opened up for discussion.  Commend Zack Kopplin for standing up for a science education with integrity.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kopplin,

The campaign you started as a senior project for high school has grown into a respectable campaign for a critical issue in our country.  The questionable teachings allowed by the Louisiana Science Education Act demand attention.  Your efforts have garnered substantial support from the very communities affected by the bill.  Although the bill has not been repealed yet, you inspire us to keep fighting for a proper science education.

Because you have shed light on the controversy of this bill, you have raised awareness for other communities that are also concerned with it.  Others confronted by a questionable science education feel confident to speak up and demand facts.  We commend you for your efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act and offer our support to the cause.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: UK Youth Climate Coalition via Flickr

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