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01.18.2019

“Charles Darwin has a posse” image © Colin Purrington. Source: http://colinpurrington.com/graphics/science/darwinposse

It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than a month remains before Darwin Day 2019! Colleges and universities, schools, libraries, museums, churches, civic groups, and just plain folks across the country — and the world — are preparing to celebrate Darwin Day, on or around February 12, in honor of the life and work of Charles Darwin.

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01.15.2019

North Dakota's House Bill 1538 (PDF), which would allow the misrepresentation of science in the classroom, was filed on January 14, 2019, and referred to the House Education Committee.

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01.15.2019

Florida's Senate Bill 330, filed on January 14, 2019, would, if enacted, require "[c]ontroversial theories and concepts" discussed in science standards "[to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner."

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01.11.2019

Indiana's Senate Bill 373 would, if enacted, provide that "[t]he governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation."

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01.11.2019

Rudy Raff. Courtesy of Indiana UniversityThe distinguished biologist Rudolf A. "Rudy" Raff died on January 5, 2019, at the age of 77, according to The Scientist (January 9, 2019).

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01.11.2019

A resolution in the Virginia General Assembly would urge the adoption of a code of ethics for public school teachers — with a provision that could adversely affect science education.

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01.09.2019

A proposed bill in Connecticut would, if enacted, apparently make it the first state to require the teaching of climate change in the public schools by law. 

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01.02.2019

Arizona's House Bill 2002, which would prohibit teachers from taking a stand on "any side of a controversial issue," would apparently affect science education.

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12.21.2018

Reports of the NCSE 39:1 cover

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education — volume 39, number 1 — is now available on-line. 

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12.19.2018

Ann Reid

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid — and her dog Buster — appeared on the Christian Science Monitor's podcast Perception Gaps (December 17, 2018).

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12.10.2018

"Newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed the members of his transition team for education — and on it are two people linked to efforts to weaken the teaching of evolution and climate change, among other topics," reports Education Week (December 7, 2018).

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12.03.2018

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 14 (PDF), which would empower science denial in the classroom, was prefiled in the Oklahoma legislature.

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11.30.2018

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"An increasing number of Americans believe climate change is occurring, including a majority who now see this issue as a very serious problem," according to the latest Monmouth University Poll. "Scientists have long agreed that climate change is a very serious problem, and it is past time to take action. Now it is clear that a majority of Americans regardless of political party agree," commented Tony MacDonald, the director of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University.

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11.30.2018

Canada

More than two thirds of Canadians think that human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, according to a new poll — but less than half think that creationism should not be part of the public school curriculum.

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11.30.2018

NCSE logoNCSE is seeking to hire a part-time spring intern to assist with the national launch of the Science Booster Club program.

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11.26.2018

Glenn Branch

Writing for Scientific American's blog (November 26, 2018), NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch considered the progress in evolution education in the last half century, from the defeat of Scopes-era bans on teaching evolution through the series of attempts to "balance" evolution with a supposedly scientific alternative to the present day, when "the preferred strategy is now to belittle evolution, while remaining silent about any supposed alternatives."

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11.19.2018

Ann Reid

Writing in the Los Angeles Times (November 18, 2018), NCSE's executive director Ann Reid celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Epperson v. Arkansas overturning bans on teaching evolution — but warned that "teaching evolution is still challenging in many communities in the United States."

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11.15.2018

New videos from NCSE!

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11.02.2018

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A spate of scientifically accurate and pedagogically appropriate teaching materials about climate change is arriving, according to Frontline (November 2, 2018) — hopefully in time to stymie a new propaganda campaign rumored to be under way.

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11.02.2018

Undark logo

Sean Patrick Cooper, writing in Undark (November 2, 2018), reports, "Conservative groups are working hard to challenge the teaching of mainstream climate science in schools" — and cites NCSE as helping to prepare science teachers to resist the challenge.

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11.02.2018

Cover of Church & State

The fiftieth anniversary of Epperson v. Arkansas, the 1968 Supreme Court case that struck down Arkansas's ban on the teaching of evolution, was celebrated in "She Stood for Science," published in the November 2018 issue of Church & State, the monthly magazine of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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10.31.2018

NCSEEugenie C. Scott’s founding executive director Eugenie C. Scott will receive the John and Mary Lou Pojeta Service Award from the Paleontological Society at a banquet during its annual meeting held in Indianapolis on November 4, 2018.

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10.24.2018

Via Wikimedia Commons"If it's difficult to believe that people embrace a flat Earth, it's going to be difficult to trust a poll that claims to validate that belief," wrote NCSE's Glenn Branch and Craig A. Foster of the US Air Force Academy in a blog post for Scientific American (October 24, 2018).

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10.22.2018

The Arizona state board of education voted 6-4 to adopt a new set of state science standards at its October 22, 2018, meeting.

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10.18.2018

NCSE logoNCSE is pleased to announce its new monthly e-newsletter, describing our most recent work supporting teachers and communities in their efforts to provide accurate and effective climate change and evolution education. 

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