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"Why can't science teachers simply teach science?"

"Why can't science teachers simply teach science?" was the reaction of a columnist for the Charleston, South Carolina, Post and Courier (October 13, 2013), in the wake of the state board of education's discussion of the revised state science standards at its October 9, 2013, meeting.

Progress in South Carolina?

"The state Board of Education gave initial approval to a new set of science standards Wednesday, although some board members tried to overturn the vote out of concern over whether the new guidelines leave room for students' religious beliefs on the origin of life," reported the Greenville News (October 9, 2013).

RNCSE 33:5 now on-line

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line.

Congratulations to Randy W. Schekman

Photograph: Peg SkorpinskiNCSE is delighted to congratulate Randy W. Schekman for receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

NCSE's Branch in GeneWatch

GeneWatch coverNCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch contributed "Bad Science: Genetics, as Misread by Creationism" to GeneWatch (pp. 29-30), the magazine of the Council for Responsible Genetics.

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