Skeptical Ninja of the Week: Zack Kopplin
It’s never easy to go against the grain, especially in high school. But that is what Zack Kopplin is doing.
Zack is 17-year-old high school senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. What sets him apart from his peers – and why we’re making him this week’s Skeptical Ninja – is his tireless efforts in ridding creationism from Louisiana’s science classrooms.
He’s already won a victory. His efforts have helped convince the Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to buy biology textbooks that accurately teach the theory of evolution, despite powerful forces on the opposing side.
Kopplin’s strategy of reaching out to “students, clergy and businesses” seems to be paying off. He is even making progress in repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act, a pro-creationist piece of legislation passed in 2008. There is still a lot of work to do, but with awesome people like Zack paving the way, the future looks bright.
So, for his relentless pursuit of a quality science education for students in Louisiana, we’re making Zack Kopplin Skepchick’s Skeptical Ninja of the Week.