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On February 3 this year's session of the Oklahoma state legislature will open. Among the bills scheduled to be introduced at that time is House Bill 1504, sponsored by Rep. Bill Graves. This bill would require an evolution disclaimer in every textbook which discusses the subject.
Similar bills have been introduced in Oklahoma in the past, but failed to pass. The complete text of the bill, available on the Oklahoma legislature's website, reads as follows:
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:
The Wisconsin Badger Poll reports that of 514 state residents surveyed, 50% of them would support a law requiring "the biblical theory of creation as an alternative to the theory of evolution” according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan 26, 2003. Fifty percent said yes, 43% were opposed, and 6% had no opinion. The margin of error was reported to be plus or minus 4 points.
Dr. Elizabeth Stage, a member of the NCSE Board of Directors, has been appointed Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California. Currently the Director of Mathematics and Science Professional Development, Educational Outreach, University of California Office of the President, she is responsible for grants to higher education campuses throughout the state.
On January 8, 2003, the Cobb County, Georgia, School District issued guidelines that clarify the new “Theories of Origins” policy.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific organization, recently announced the top ten key science and technology policy issues to emerge in 2002. Among them:
5) INTELLIGENT DESIGN--NOT SMART FOR SCIENCE CLASSES:
Stating some of the same criticisms NCSE has raised about Intelligent Design, Carl Wieland of the young-earth creationist organization Answers in Genesis (AiG), criticizes the ID movement for not having a “‘story of the past” – of lacking a coherent narrative of “what happened”, and focusing only on the mechanism (of natural selection.) As Wieland points out, “if the origins debate is not about a ‘story of the past’, what is it about?” The reason for the lack of a coherent position on “what happened” is “a necessity, because they do not agree within themselves on a st
by Eugenie C. Scott
Dear Ohio Citizens for Science,
Well, you did it.
On December 12 the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 7-3 not to require biology textbooks to include an evolution "disclaimer". Opponents of evolution education had proposed that Louisiana require a version of the disclaimer placed in all Alabama biology texts since 1996. Alabama remains the only state with such a requirement.
On December 10 the Ohio Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt new science standards which will guide public school curriculum and testing across the state. For the first time Ohio's standards will explicitly include the concept of evolution. Local supporters of science education consider the new standards a great improvement over the previous statewide guidelines, especially in their treatment of biological evolution.