By Barbara Forrest

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In April, Kurt Zimmermann, parent of a student at Farragut High School in Tennessee, asked the Knox County, Tennessee, School Board to remove his son’s honors biology textbook, Asking About Life, from the classroom because it refers to the biblical creation account as a “myth.” There is a Louisiana connection to this case: the only resource on which Zimmermann relied in his complaint was a textbook addendum written by Louisiana creationist Charles Voss. (He indicated this in response to the question on the complaint form, “What reviews of this material have you read?”) In his complaint, Zimmermann not only wanted the book removed from his son’s classroom but, according to the box he checked on the complaint form, he wanted it withdrawn “from all students as well as my child.” To the school board’s credit, at its April 7 meeting (see minutes) it rejected board member Karen Carson’s compromise proposal to offer Voss’s addendum as a resource to teachers. (See “Louisiana Creationist Textbook Addendum Rejected in Tennessee.”) A month later, when Zimmerman and his creationist supporters appeared again to press their case at the May 5 meeting, the Knox County School Board did what the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) should have done on January 13 and September 16, 2009, when creationists demanded and got control of the policy governing implementation of the Louisiana Science Education Act: they said no.

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