TwitterFacebook

How 19-Year-Old Activist Zack Kopplin Is Making Life Hell for Louisiana’s Creationists

You gotta love this kid for stepping up
Politics • Views: 28,288

High fives for Zack. He is facing down trolls, creationists, climate denialists and his own state legislature. I think we should keep an eye on this one.

For Zack Kopplin, it all started back in 2008 with the passing of the Louisiana Science Education Act. The bill made it considerably easier for teachers to introduce creationist textbooks into the classroom. Outraged, he wrote a research paper about it for a high school English class. Nearly five years later, the 19-year-old Kopplin has become one of the fiercest — and most feared — advocates for education reform in Louisiana. We recently spoke to him to learn more about how he’s making a difference.

Kopplin, who is studying history at Rice University, had good reason to be upset after the passing of the LSEA — an insidious piece of legislation that allows teachers to bring in their own supplemental materials when discussing politically controversial topics like evolution or climate change. Soon after the act was passed, some of his teachers began to not just supplement existing texts, but to rid the classroom of established science books altogether. It was during the process to adopt a new life science textbook in 2010 that creationists barraged Louisiana’s State Board of Education with complaints about the evidence-based science texts. Suddenly, it appeared that they were going to be successful in throwing out science textbooks.

A pivotal moment

How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists “This was a pivotal moment for me,” Kopplin told io9. “I had always been a shy kid and had never spoken out before — I found myself speaking at a meeting of an advisory committee to the State Board of Education and urging them to adopt good science textbooks — and we won.” The LSEA still stood, but at least the science books could stay.

No one was more surprised of his becoming a science advocate than Kopplin himself. In fact, after writing his English paper in 2008 — when he was just 16-years-old — he assumed that someone else would publicly take on the law. But no one did.

More: How 19-Year-Old Activist Zack Kopplin Is Making Life Hell for Louisiana’s Creationists

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
For about 33 cents a day (per month) or 22 cents a day (per year), our subscription option turns off all advertisements at LGF!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Last updated: 2014-03-07 2:19 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
Pie-onist Overlord
Tiny Hamster Predicts World Cup Semifinalists
1 hour, 52 minutes ago
Views: 66 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Floral Giraffe
Massive school of anchovies looks like oil slick
From a distance, the ocean near Scripps Pier off La Jolla, California, appeared to be the site of a catastrophic oil spill on Tuesday. Initially, Robert Monroe thought it was a red tide. But it was neither. Making a ...

2 hours, 20 minutes ago
Views: 45 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Randall Gross
W4m - the End of the American Red Light District
The history of the American red light district is quite brief --- from railroad signal lights to hotel bathroom selfies --- and clouded in myth. Soon it may be lost. In this talk, Melissa Gira Grant -- freelance journalist ...

3 hours, 53 minutes ago
Views: 122 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 0
Mich-again
Website to search Ammonium Nitrate storage Facilities in Texas
There has been chatter in Texas recently about how residents are supposed to know if there is an Ammonium Nitrate storage facility in their town. Well it turns out the State of Texas does have a website where residents can ...

1 day, 1 hour ago
Views: 309 • Comments: 9
Tweets: 14 • Rating: 2
FemNaziBitch
The 49-Page Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Ruling Mentioned Women Just 13 Times
The difference between the majority opinion of five of the court's men and the dissent of its three women (plus Justice Stephen Breyer) is instructive. The majority opinion is largely about the rights of corporations, employers and those with ...

2 days, 14 hours ago
Views: 255 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 3
William Barnett-Lewis
Recent Photographs
Inspired by Feline Fearless Leaeder's posting of some very nice floral photos, I decided first to post these in line in the thread and now to make a thread of them. Here's some of my recent bits. I hope you ...

5 days ago
Views: 284 • Comments: 2
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 7
CriticalDragon1177
Rooster Teeth - Red VS Blue - 4th of July PSA
A PSA for the chronically inept on America's Birthday! I have to thank my Friend, "golden izanagi" for alerting me to this. Happy Fourth of July!

5 days, 4 hours ago
Views: 319 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 0
Romantic Heretic
Gun Safety Gone Wrong
Considering how often we kick this subject around I thought this little video would be enjoyed by all.

5 days, 6 hours ago
Views: 489 • Comments: 3
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 5
EiMitch
Escapist: Flat Earth Birth Control
This is a (sometimes NSFW) webcomic on the Escapist Magazine site called Critical Miss. The focus is usually on games, but they dib-&-dab in social issues sometimes. Like today: Flat Earth Birth Control From the first panel: So, the supreme ...

5 days, 7 hours ago
Views: 415 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 2
steve_davis
The Needle and the Damage Done (cover)
I'm definitely not a guitarist by trade, but I love this song enough to make a game try of it on my Martin D15 mahogany! Just some July 4th entertainment for the political downtime....

5 days, 22 hours ago
Views: 282 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
 Frank says:

Diamonds on velvets on goldens on vixen
On comet & cupid on donner & blitzen
On up & away & afar & a go-go
Escape from the weight of your corporate logo!