The National Center for Science Education is the only national organization that specializes in defending the teaching of controversial issues (such as evolution and climate change) in public schools.

Because of our special expertise and experience, NCSE is often contacted by members of the press who are writing about the evolution/creationism controversy or about the teaching of global warming and other climate science issues that have come under political attack. Our staff can provide reliable information about creationism, evolution, climate change, and the state of science education in the United States.

If you need information, background, comments, or referrals to other sources, don't hesitate to contact us. Contact: Robert Luhn, Director of Communications at luhn@ncse.com

10.07.2016

Insanity, someone once observed, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. And yet creationists, climate change deniers, and their fellow travelers propose the same old bills (with a new coat of paint) year after year attacking evolution and climate change education specifically, and science education generally.

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05.06.2016

Creationist effort results in windfall for group defending the teaching of evolution

Fiyyaz Pirani was perplexed. As the CEO of RapidWristbands.com, he was pleased to receive a massive order for over a hundred thousand wristbands. But as a socially responsible entrepreneur, he was not pleased that the order, from a creationist ministry, was for wristbands saying “DEBUNK EVOLUTION.”

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08.24.2015

We laughed, we cried, we felt a thousand emotions. And when the dust finally settled, we were left with the usual pile of dead anti-science copycat bills, often from the usual players. We're looking at you, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The tally was nearly identical to 2014's. Four bills targeted evolution, one climate science, two unspecified "scientific controversies," and one adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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06.03.2014

The rallying cry of science deniers in 2013? "One more time!" Once again legislators across our fair land have been pushing anti-evolution and anti-climate change bills. Many are classic "academic freedom" or "strengths and weaknesses" bills. Others take a less obvious tack, allowing teachers to "intelligently explore" controversies and help wayward students "develop critical thinking skills".

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06.05.2012

Call 2012 the Year of the Copycat. Many of the antievolution bills proposed this year were old bills that were simply dusted off and offered up as new.

A 2011 Tennessee bill—largely drawn from Louisiana's infamous 2008 Science Education Act—was revived and signed into law in April. Among other things, this classic "academic freedom" bill lets teachers "help" students critique evolution, global warming, and more. This means there are now two states in the Union—Louisiana and Tennessee—that have anti-evolution and anti-climate change education laws on the books.

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04.11.2011

This has been a busy year for creationists. Since January, anti-science legislators in seven states have proposed nine bills attacking evolution and evolution education. Many are so-called "academic freedom" bills, like Tennessee's HB 368, which allows teachers to "help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught." (For general background on academic freedom acts, go here.

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03.29.2011

Which creationist made us toss our cookies?

 

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01.16.2011

National science groups support NCSE with $$$

 

Is your organization standing tall for evolution? For science education? For the scientific method?

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12.17.2010

Those crafty creationists just won't let up. Since they can't get their way in the courts or state legislatures, their new tactic is to attack the curriculum itself, from science standards to textbooks, forcing teachers to teach science the creationist way.

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05.03.2010

Which creationist was the most nauseating?

 

When it comes to dissing evolution (and science in general) there's no lack of volunteers. How to decide which among them is the worst?

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12.31.2009

PRESS RELEASE

 

TOP TEN EVOLUTION/CREATIONISM STORIES OF THE YEAR

Darwin celebrated; evolution still under attack

 

 

 

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11.30.2009

 

NCSE challenges creationist's "special" edition of Darwin's Origin

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11.30.2009

Does Darwin's On the Origin of Species need a special introduction? Creationist Ray Comfort thinks so. On Thursday, November 19, mere days before the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin, Comfort plans to distribute free copies of Origin at colleges and universities across the U.S. and (on the 24th) in Canada.

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09.08.2009

Battle in the Classroom

State science standards under attack

Are state science standards worthless? Are kids learning about evolution or being spoon-fed creationist pseudoscience? What's the proper role of state science standards in American public education, anyway?

To get some answers, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) conducted an in-depth survey of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The good news: Current state science standards cover evolution more extensively than they did 9 years ago.

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05.19.2009

Antievolution law proposed in Florida

OAKLAND, CA March 2

It's not a hurricane or even a tropical storm. But a small knot of ignorance is twisting through the Florida state senate.

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05.18.2009

Evolution is under attack across the U.S. Last year, the teaching of evolution was challenged in scores of schools. During the same period, six states introduced (and Louisiana passed) "academic freedom laws" that discredit evolution and smuggle creationist teachings into the classroom. (For more, go here).

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03.30.2009

PRESS RELEASE

 

"Somebody's got to stand up to experts!" cries board chair
Don McLeroy.

 

OAKLAND — After three all-day meetings and a blizzard of amendments and counter-amendments, the Texas Board of Education cast its final vote Friday on state science standards. The results weren't pretty.

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03.25.2009

Oakland, March 25

Over 50 scientific societies representing hundreds of thousands of American scientists today publicly urged the Texas Board of Education to support accurate science education. The board—dominated by creationists—has been embroiled in a debate over changes to the Texas science standards that could compromise the teaching of evolution.

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02.10.2009

 

PRESS RELEASE

Revamped edition examines the media, polls, new legal challenges, intelligent design in the courts, and more.

The evolution wars are over, right? Scopes was finally vindicated, creationism was booted out of the classroom, and a new president in his inaugural speech issued a clarion call to "restore science to its rightful place."

Wrong. Evolution education is being battered every day in school districts across the U.S. by creationists, whether they're pushing young-earth creationism, intelligent design, or antievolutionism in the guise of "academic freedom."

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02.03.2009

Teaching of evolution still in danger; US economy in peril?

Will February 12th be a happy 200th birthday for Charles Darwin? Maybe not, says Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in an article that just appeared on the U.S. News & World Report web site.

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01.23.2009

PRESS RELEASE

 

Oakland, CA

In a close vote on Friday, the Texas State Board of Education approved revised science standards which removed controversial language mandating that students be taught the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories.

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) applauds this move, since the references to "weaknesses" in the old standards have been used to introduce creationist attacks on evolution in textbooks and classrooms.

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12.05.2007


Statement Regarding Texas Education Agency's Termination of Chris Comer, Texas Director of Science Barbara Forrest, Ph.D. Co-author with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design
& Expert witness for plaintiffs in

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12.03.2007

 

Prof. who flunked Florida science standards says new ones are shooting for an A

 

Expert gave current statewide standards an F but new draft is "a dramatic improvement."

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