RationalWiki's 2020 Fundraiser

There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff – we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity.

If everyone who saw this today donated $5, we would meet our goal for 2021.

Fighting pseudoscience isn't free.
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate $5, $20 or whatever you can today with PayPal Logo.png!

Donations so far: $2120Goal: $3500

Academic Freedom Day

From RationalWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
The divine comedy
Icon creationism.svg
Running gags
Jokes aside
Blooper reel

February 12 is designated as Academic Freedom Day by the Discovery Institute[1]. In 2009, the Discovery Institute set aside Charles Darwin's birthday as the day to recognize the lack of attention given to creationism in public schools and academia.

Academic Freedom[edit]

"Academic freedom" is the new buzzword for creationism, this time arguing that teachers, not school boards or courts, should decide what is best to teach students in a classroom. Academic freedom follows failed-and-retired memes such as "teach the controversy" and "strengths and weaknesses," but now has usurped a famed scientist's birthday to push anti-science arguments.


  1. "Discovery Institute Honors Charles Darwin with Academic Freedom Day," http://www.discovery.org/a/9001