From the article:
The state’s teachers are not allowed to raise alternatives to evolution but, under the new law, would be required to permit discussion of creationism and other beliefs if they are raised in class.
Such discussions would eventually shift to the teacher to raising alternatives to evolution. The bill hasn't been clearly thought through.
I grew up in Tennessee and it is filled with religious nutjobs in the classroom who reject evolution and big bang cosmology, and instead of accepting the facts that go against their religious dogma those nutjobs ignore it. Chances are these 'discussions' will shift to the science teacher leading the discussions, which in turn will be he or she discussing biblical creationism, which in turn leads to the science teacher somehow showing support a scientific theory or scientific myth. Then who are the young minds going to listen too? The science teacher or the science textbooks discussing evolution being taught to them by a teacher who rejects the theory.
Arg, this pisses me off! Way to take a step back Tennessee. Get out of the fucking dark ages.
Here's an idea:
Student: Teacher, I don't get it. I thought god created the heavens and the earth and all its animals and mankind.
Teacher: Talk to me after class.
It seems reasonable to me. In the science room, discuss science. It's not that hard. Don't make a law take time away from an actually scientific discussion to talk about a myth.