io9 Profiles Teen Atheist and Science Advocate Zack Kopplin

My friend Zack Kopplin, who has led the charge against the teaching of Creationism in Louisiana ever since he was in high school, is the subject of a glowing profile at io9:

Zack Kopplin

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.

In case you haven’t heard of him before now, he also spoke about his battles on Hardball back in 2011:

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Awesome. Sounds like a smart and articulate young man.

    I can’t even imagine having the self-confidence to be interviewed on national TV when I was his age.

    Zack Kopplin, I tip my hat to you!

  • Paul Sunstone

    Kopplin is one of those kids that gives me hope for the future. Among other things, his sense of duty or obligation to the truth is downright refreshing.

  • GloomCookie613

    Keep kicking ass, Zach!

  • Karen

    Well done Zach!!!

  • Rich Wilson


    “310 creationist voucher schools have been discovered so far.”

  • Paul Sunstone

    Damn! There’s even one in my town.

  • Sam Kay

    Kid deserves a statue in his honor. Good man, fight the good fight!