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Evolution (partly) restored to NSB report

Almost half — 47% — of Americans surveyed in 2010 agreed that "human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals," and 38% agreed that "the universe began with a huge explosion."

Fordham on evolution in state science standards

The State of State Science Standards 2012 (PDF), published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, is a new report offering a survey and evaluation of the state science standards in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia. Among the major problems across the country: "An Undermining of Evolution."

Polling pastors on evolution

A poll of Protestant pastors in the United States found that they "overwhelmingly believe that God did not use evolution to create humans and think Adam and Eve were literal people," according to a press release (January 9, 2012) issued by LifeWay Research.

NESTA poll on climate change education

The National Earth Science Teachers Association released the executive summary of its 2011 on-line survey on climate change education, which examines (PDF) the responses of 555 K-12 educators in the United States who teach about climate change.

A new poll on evolution and climate change

A new poll asked respondents about their views on evolution and climate change, what they regard the scientific consensus on those topics to be, and whether it matters to them whether candidates for president share their views.

A new CNN/ORC poll on evolution

A new CNN/ORC poll included a question about evolution, with few surprises in the results.

A new Fox News poll on evolution

A recent Fox News poll (September 7, 2011) included a question about evolution and creationism.

Teachers "feeling the heat" over climate change

"The U.S. political debate over climate change is seeping into K-12 science classrooms, and teachers are feeling the heat," according to a report in Science (August 5, 2011; subscription required). Science educators are increasingly reporting attacks on climate change education: Roberta Johnson, the executive director of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, commented, "Evolution is still the big one, but climate change is catching up."

Evolution in the NRC Framework

A Framework for K-12 Science Education — a new publication from the National Research Council offering "a framework that articulates a broad set of expectations for students in science" — emphasizes evolution as one of the "disciplinary core ideas" of the life sciences.

Evolution at the NSB redux

Survey questions about the American public's beliefs about evolution and the Big Bang will be restored to the 2012 edition of Science and Engineering Indicators — but concerns linger about their exact wording in the future.

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