A 2008 Louisiana law that brought creationist texts into classrooms didn't sit well with Zack Kopplin. Now 19, Kopplin has been battling the Louisiana Science Education Act, becoming one of its harshest critics and, as our friends at io9 show in a great piece, a defender of science in schools. Definitely worth a read. [io9]
Scientists were concerned that children in England's free schools-- taxpayer-funded schools that aren't run by local authorities--might not learn about evolution in schools run by creationists. To ensure that students get a more balanced education, the government has instituted rules stating that evolution must be taught as "comprehensive and coherent scientific theory." Schools that don't follow the rules could lose their funding.
For months, scientists, educators, and textbook publishers across the country have waited as members of the Texas Board of Education squabbled over whether to remove three little words in their sciences standards: "truths and weaknesses." The controversy? The language—supported by creationists—requires biology teachers in Texas to discuss possible weaknesses in evolutionary theory, and has had implication for how evolution is taught across the country.
Today, scientists and educators across the country are watching Texas. Why? Because the Texas Board of Education begins a three-day public testimony today to decide whether the phrase “truths and weaknesses” should be included in the state’s science standards when discussing evolution. On Friday, the 15-member board will likely vote on whether this language should be included in textbooks, and their decision could sway how evolution is taught in biology classes around the country.
By M. FarbmanPosted 02.18.2009 at 10:10 am 9 Comments
A class in creation studies at Liberty University appears to be as strange as one might expect. Best quote on the subject: "If a frog turns into a prince with a kiss then it's a fairy tale. If a frog turns into a prince over millions of years, it's science," says the director of the school's center for creation studies. "It's almost ridiculous."
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The results of the first national survey of teachers about evolution in their classrooms are in. Darwin would quiver in his boots to learn that in this day and age, one in eight American biology teachers teach creationism and intelligent design as a sound alternative to his theory. In fact, 13 percent of the country's teachers think they can run an excellent biology class without even mentioning Darwin or evolution.