Zack Kopplin, a sophomore at Rice University, won the first Troublemaker Award for his unpopular stance against a prevailing idea: Kopplin favors science instead of creationism. He favors public schools that teach critical thinking instead of voucher-based schools that claim scientists are heathens. Kopplin’s started a petition to fund a “Second Giant Leap for Humankind” that would commit $1 trillion over the next decade to scientific research and development. He’s taken down Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal on the myths of science funding.
He’s still a teenager. And he’s trouble. Here is Kopplin with Bill Moyers: