Biology Book Causes Uproar at TN School

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A creationism controversy is brewing over a biology textbook at a high school in Knoxville, Tenn.

Farragut High School parent Kurt Zimmermann said the book should be thrown out because it calls creationism a myth.

"Education material that is offensive, intolerant, racist, or one-sided in nature should not be used in our school system," Zimmermann told the board members Wednesday.

When Zimmermann filed a complaint, several creationism supporters spoke up.

"There is no good science to evolution," said former science teacher Charles Dawson. "No one anywhere knows how to create life in a laboratory."

But a review committee at Farragut High School looked at the issue and found no fault with the book called Asking About Life. That decision didn't sit well with opponents of the textbook.

"They try to play games with the word myth by saying it has different definitions, but in general we know what the meaning of myth is," Dawson said. "In general it means fairytale."

Zimmermann has appealed to the school board, which is set to vote on the issue in May.

"Then we'll decide whether to uphold the decision of the review committee or not," said Indya Kincannon of the Kinox County School Board Chair.

Meanwhile, some argue that the evolution versus creationism debate should be left out of public school altogether.

"Because evolution has no good scientific evidence behind it and to put it forth as a good scientific basis is mythology," Dawson said.

The school board was set to vote on whether to ban the textbook this week, but has postponed the action until May.

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