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Elizabeth Prann

Atlanta, GA

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Knoxville Father Wants Biology Book Banned

April 7, 2010 - 4:50 PM | by: Elizabeth Prann
biobook A Tennessee school board has decided to postpone its decision on banning a textbook after a father told the board, its ‘bias’ against Christians.

Kurt Zimmermann is appealing a Knoxville school district’s decision to keep the book. He says the textbook used in his son’s biology class cites creationism as a “biblical myth.” According to reports, Zimmermann requests, ‘non-biased’ textbooks be used. In his words, the current textbook’s phrasing misleads, belittles and discourages students in believing in creationism and calls the Bible 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.

Knoxville County School superintendent Jim McIntyre says the committee’s finding to keep using the book is appropriate. However he asked the board to hear Zimmerman’s appeal Wednesday, April 7. That has now been postponed to the next board meeting Wednesday, May 5.

Sources say the board wants to hear opinions from a school review committee that has already looked into the textbook and deemed it OK. Even though a few of the six-member committee thought the material was “questionable,” it ultimately said the book is “appropriate for an honors level biology course.”

During the meeting, Zimmerman told the board the content of the textbook is offensive. He refers to a quote from page 319 in the book, Asking About Life, where creationism is described as, ”the biblical myth that the universe was created by the Judeo-Christian God in 7 days.”

 

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