Our friend Zack Kopplin issued the following invitation via email to TFN supporters this morning. We’re sharing it here for TFN Insider readers. And, of course, we’ll have much more on this in the weeks ahead.
All students deserve a high-quality science education that prepares them to succeed in college and the jobs of the 21st century.
But they will not get one if the State Board of Education (SBOE) approves new textbooks that include junk science.
That’s why I’m proud to be attending the Texas Freedom Network’s Stand Up for Science rally.
Can you join me at the rally at noon on September 17 in Austin? Or to speak at the textbook hearing that same day? (Date pending confirmation of textbook hearing day)
Keeping creationism, climate-change denial and other junk science out of public schools is personal for me. Louisiana, where I grew up, actually has a law promoting creationism. And I’ve been fighting to keep that kind of anti-science propaganda out of textbooks since I was in high school.
Now as a student at Rice University in Houston, I’m furious that the same extremists are trying to insert their ideological agenda and their religious and unscientific views into science classrooms and textbooks in Texas.
We must show people that there is an impending crisis in our schools. If we can show up in force and Stand Up for Science, we will get not only the attention of the SBOE, but also the media and general public. If we do that, our story can break through and shine a light on how some SBOE members are trying to set Texas students up to fail in the 21st century.
We can’t let these anti-science extremists succeed.
Let’s come together on September 17.
— Zack Kopplin