The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization that defends the teaching of evolution and climate science in the public schools. Founded in 1981, NCSE provides information, resources, and advice to schools, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens defending science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of these issues at local, state, and national levels. Our 5000 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious and political affiliations.

NCSE and Evolution

NCSE's position on evolution is simple: Teach children the best science available. This means presenting evolution in a straight-forward, evidence-based way that encourages critical thinking—and not confusing them with non-scientific, religiously-based attacks on evolution. Allowing any faith into public school science classrooms is not just bad science and bad public policy, it’s also a bad way to educate children.

NCSE and Climate Change

In the last few years, we've noticed anti-evolution attacks being bundled with attacks on climate change science. Like evolution, climate change is a topic that elicits intense emotions. And like evolution, the science of climate change is remarkably clear and well-supported. We know that CO2 is a prime driver of climate and that the modern rise of CO2 in the atmosphere is caused by human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels. What humans are doing today may result in rapid and catastrophic changes in our climate. Climate change is an urgent issue and it is vital that schools increase and improve climate education, especially in the face of well-funded organizations pushing climate denial and junk science. NCSE’s goal is to encourage more climate information in science courses, and to assist educators who face opposition in this effort.