Tennessee: No Biology Book Ban for Now

IN Tennessee, the Knox County school board has been struggling over whether to ban a biology textbook. One parent, Kurt Zimmermann, had complained that the book was disrespectful to creationists. Our last report on this was here: Tennessee Biology Book Ban (03 May ’10)

In the Knoxville News Sentinel of Knoxville, Tennessee, the third-largest city in the state, we read Knox school board votes to keep biology textbook. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

The Knox County school board Wednesday upheld a review committee’s recommendation for continued use of a controversial biology textbook and approved a budget for the 2010-11 school year — two decisions that were deferred last month following heated debate.

The book isn’t “controversial.” One creationist parent had made a fuss about the authors’ use of the word “myth” to describe biblical creationism. That’s the cause of weeks of commotion, occurring only 67 miles from Dayton, the site of the infamous Scopes Trial. Let’s read on:

Both topics [there was also a budget issue] garnered more than three hours of discussion Wednesday.

Had we been present during that prolonged madness, we would have leaped out the window to end it all, our last Curmudgeonly utterance being something like: “Aaaargh!!” [** Splat **]

We continue:

Kurt Zimmermann, the Farragut High School father who brought the appeal to have the book removed or amended, said while he wasn’t pleased with the decision, ‘some good things came out of it … we got awareness of (the issue), and that was the important thing.’

[…]

Zimmermann added: ‘What keeps being missed is, it’s not about me. Students brought this forward. What they’ve done is they’ve ruled against the students.’ … He said he would likely bring another appeal, adding, ‘This probably isn’t over.’

Of course it isn’t over. Stupid is forever.

Hey, we have more. At the website of TV station WBIR we read Controversial biology book remains in Knox Co. schools. They say:

Following public comment, the board adopted a resolution that would allow the book to remain in the school, but expressed disappointment the term “myth” was used.

Speaking personally, I believe in supernatural occurrences. I do not believe they should be in a science book. They are a matter of personal faith,” said 4th district representative Dan Murphy.

We’ve seen worse. Far worse. All in all, Knox County’s school board performed well — so far. Now we’ll wait to see what else Zimmermann can do to distinguish himself and his community.

Update: See Failed Creationist Predictions: #6,969.

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6 responses to “Tennessee: No Biology Book Ban for Now

  1. Kevin Smith

    I spoke at the meeting and urged the board to consider the events in Dover, PA and just tell the parents no. In all the meetings on this issue, the pro science crowd in Knoxville did show support. Robert Gentry showed up to peddle his book and his “halos” but he only annoyed the board. Mrs. Kincannon showed great leadership here, but Zimmerman made clear he would refile.

  2. Kevin Smith says:

    I spoke at the meeting and urged the board to consider the events in Dover, PA and just tell the parents no.

    Excellent work! Thank you.

  3. longshadow

    The tentacles of the Curmudgeonly Conspiracy reach far and deep….

  4. Kevin Smith

    The video is not up yet, and my notes are jumbled, but I will try to give a full report, if you are interested. We need other school boards to see this stuff. I don’t want this to keep going to court and costing citizens millions of dollars. Students lose in every lawsuit. The anti evolutionists just want to win at any cost. The selfishness is overwhelming, and they do not care to put students in the balance. “Breathtaking inanity” is right.

  5. Kevin Smith says:

    The video is not up yet, and my notes are jumbled, but I will try to give a full report, if you are interested.

    A link to the video will probably be sufficient. Let’s wait to see if the creationist dad appeals before we put too much effort into this.

  6. Longie says:

    The tentacles of the Curmudgeonly Conspiracy reach far and deep….

    They are only beginning to sense my powers.