In a 72-23 vote Monday evening, the state House of Representatives pass a bill, similar to one already approved in the state Senate, calling on schools to create an environment that encourages debate and analysis of "the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories," including evolution, global warming and the origin of life.
The bill specifically protects teachers from punishment if they facilitate classroom discussion of the topics.
Social conservative groups, including the Family Action Council of Tennessee, back the measure, but science organizations claim it will degrade the state's efforts to improve education standards, The (Nashville)Tennessean reported Tuesday.
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