IAmA winner of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award and lead the repeal of Louisiana’s creationism law with the support of 78 Nobel laureates. I’ve also worked on the connection between creationism and school voucher programs. AMA about thes...
I’m Zack Kopplin, a science advocate who is leading the repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act. I convinced 78 Nobel laureate scientists and many others to join this campaign. I’ve also called out Michele Bachmann for claiming that Nobel laureate scientists are creationists when I was on MSNBC’s Hardball. I’m the 2012 winner of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Education and the National Center for Science Education’s Friend of Darwin Award.
I also exposed 20 schools in Louisiana’s taxpayer funded voucher program as teaching creationism with millions of public dollars. This program is a national model for school reform and will be introduced in other states. In this AMA I want to focus on these creationist vouchers and activism.
Proof: Facebook Post (https://www.facebook.com/RepealCreationism/posts/368976053191070) Wiki page so you can see I’ve done what I’ve said (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zack_kopplin)
This summer I learned that some schools in Louisiana’s massive new school voucher program were teaching things as ridiculous as the Loch Ness Monster was real and disproves evolution and even that the KKK was good.
I investigated and realized that the problem was much deeper than 1 or 2 creationist schools, exposing a full 20 that blatantly advertised teaching creationism on their websites. Likely there are many more schools in the program that are also creationist.
Now these creationist vouchers are spreading to other states. Louisiana has been cited as a model for education reform in Texas and Georgia. In the next week, Texas will introduce its own creationist voucher bill. AMA about how these vouchers work and how you can fight to stop funding creationism. I’ll answer a few questions about my trip to the Playboy Mansion too ;).
You can join the fight by signing http://www.change.org/petitions/do-not-fund-creationist-schools-with-public-money-3 by liking https://www.facebook.com/NoCreationistVouchers for updates and check out http://creationistvouchers.com/.
Edit: I'll be back in like 10. I'm walking to campus to grab lunch. Edit 2, I'm back.