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Going ApeFlorida's Battles over Evolution in the Classroom$
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Brandon Haught

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049434

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049434.001.0001

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“Who Gets to Decide What Is Science?”

“Who Gets to Decide What Is Science?”

(p.187) 10 “Who Gets to Decide What Is Science?”
Going Ape

Brandon Haught

University Press of Florida

The fight over the new state science standards spilled over from the State Board of Education into the State Legislature in 2008 as bills requiring “academic freedom” were filed. Lengthy debates slowed the bills in both legislative chambers, but they progressed nonetheless. The two proposed versions were very different from one another, and the two chambers couldn't reconcile them. Senator Ronda Storms was her bill's leading figure in the Senate, and Rep. D. Alan Hays was her counterpart in the House. Out-of-state science-based organizations such as the Discovery Institute and the National Center for Science Education played roles in the battle as did conservative political writer and actor Ben Stein who visited Florida to promote his movie Expelled, with its anti-evolution theme.

Keywords:   academic freedom, Ben Stein, Discovery Institute, Expelled, legislature, National Center for Science Education, Rep. D. Alan Hays, Senator Ronda Storms

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