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In recent years, most state-level legislative attacks on evolution have taken the form of "academic freedom" bills, which permit — but do not require — teachers and students to introduce creationist material into science classes. Because these bills are permissive rather than prescriptive, they may have a better chance of surviving judicial scrutiny than has past antievolution legislation.
Contacting the SBOE and Analysis of Proposed Texas Educational Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Amendments
How to Contact Your SBOE Member
Identifying Your School Board Member:
Writing Your School Board Member:
NCSE's "Project Steve" is a tongue-in-cheek parody of a long-standing creationist tradition of amassing lists of "scientists who doubt evolution" or "scientists who dissent from Darwinism."
by Mary Lou Mendum
How to Become one of our Steves!Are you tired of being ignored by your colleagues at professional meetings?
Do your students yawn every time you begin a lecture?
Do neighbors not invite you to cocktail parties anymore because you always talk about dermestid beetles?
Well, my friend, you have the power to put a stop to that today simply by becoming an NCSE Steve. Why settle for being just another Jonathan, Michael, or William when you can be what you've always dreamed of being ... an NCSE Steve.
Although creationist movements differ in some of the details of their positions, they all rely on three main claims which are used over and over again. These claims can be very appealing and effective to people who are not well-informed about evolution. It is useful to be ready with some responses to these claims.
NCSE advises -- try not to get drawn into a direct debate with a creationist. Sometimes, however, it is important to explain why a creationist claim is misleading or just plain wrong, especially if you are talking with a confused friend, parent, school board member, or interested citizen.
The claims you are most likely to run into:
Meet the StevesAs of May 14, 2013, 1273 Steves have signed the statement. Will you be the next Steve?
Stephen T. Abedon
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Ohio State University
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Arizona
Creator of The Bacteriophage Ecology Group, Home of Phage Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (www.phage.org)
People often ask us, “How can I further the cause of evolution education?” We've compiled some practical and effective suggestions: