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Reversing the Damage

A high school senior in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is leading a fight to repeal a state law that allows science teachers to present creationism and evolution as theories with equal weight.

He seems to have a good grasp on the politics needed to sell the bill.

“The single most important reason why I took on this repeal was jobs,” Kopplin told me. “This law makes it harder for Louisiana students to get cutting-edge science-based jobs after we graduate, because companies like Baton Rouge’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center are not going to trust our science education with this law on the books.”

Although getting support from a bunch of actual experts on the subject may not go over well in an area of the country where anyone with a good education is suspect.

He also won the support of major scientists and national and local organizations in support of the repeal; more than 40 Nobel laureates signed a letter that was just sent to the Louisiana Legislature. The National Association of Biology Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Biology Educators also back Kopplin’s campaign.

Maybe if we had more kids involved in the process of determining education policy, we would have fewer politicians pushing these anti-science, anti-education laws.

Government Trade Secrets

Sometimes trying to explain copyright and fair use to teachers and others can be a confusing exercise. For both of us.

The US system of intellectual property laws are such a strange collection of exceptions that it’s hard to know for sure what’s right and wrong.

However, it doesn’t help the comprehension of us non-legal types when governments try to do stupid things like this.

The State of Oregon has told several public interest groups they cannot publish state laws on their web sites due to copyright restrictions.

Government lawyers claim that since the state has already posted the material on their own web site, with lots of errors and probably in a format that’s difficult to search, they’ve done their duty.

Just disregard that an independent group can probably do a better job than the state of putting the information into a form that people can actually understand and use.

So, is “State of Oregon” also a registered trademark?

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