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From the time he was a high school senior in his home state of Louisiana, Kopplin has been speaking, debating, cornering politicians and winning the active support of 78 Nobel Laureates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New Orleans City Council, and tens of thousands of students, teachers and others around the country. The Rice University history major joins Bill to talk about fighting the creep of creationist curricula into public school science classes and publicly funded vouchers that end up supporting creationist instruction.

“Evolution and climate change aren’t scientifically controversial, but they are controversial to Louisiana legislators,” Kopplin tells Bill. “Basically, everyone who looked at this law knew it was just a back door to sneak creationism into public school science classes.”

Interview Producer: Gail Ablow. Editor: Sikay Tang. Associate Producer: Robert Booth.

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Last month we told you about Zack Kopplin, the 19-year old activist who's making life hell for Louisiana's creationists. Kopplin, in addition to his campaign to get the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act repealed, is seeking to reform the U.S. school voucher system, which currently funds schools that teach creationist ideas. He's given numerous interviews, spoken in front of the Louisiana State Legislature, and held rallies. Now, in recognition of his efforts, Kopplin has been awarded $10,000 by the TroubleMaker Award committee.

The recently founded TroubleMaker Award is a global contest for individuals (and groups of people) under the age of 20 whose "unconventional activist efforts make a positive and lasting impact." It's a unique award in that it celebrates and recognizes the work being done by young activists. The award committee is actively searching for teens who bend the rules and question the status quo. "Their activism not only turns heads, but also delivers tangible positive impact on their local community, home town, country, or perhaps the entire planet Earth," they write.

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The Troublemaker Award committee has named 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin the Troublemaker of 2012 for his leadership and advocacy efforts to prevent the spread of creationism in public education. Kopplin has been selected from among many exceptional applicants who demonstrated creativity, spirit and dedication in working on a broad range of social and environmental issues.

While still a high school student in Baton Rouge, Kopplin's bold campaign to repeal the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act has made waves in state politics and in public education. Kopplin has gathered the support of 78 Nobel laureate scientists and major science organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His Change.org petition to repeal the law has 74,000 supporters across the United States.