Presbyterian Church (USA) *
On June 22, 2016, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on a vote of 305-264 approved the following the following “Affirmation of Creation;” and approved its distribution electronically to all councils of the Presbyterian Church (USA) (synods, presbyteries, sessions) for their study, reflection and, where possible, their approval.
Affirmation of Creation
From early in its life the Christian church has affirmed metaphorically that God is the author of two books of revelation: the Book of Scripture (the Old and New Testaments) and the Book of+ read
Biologists’ Statement on Teaching Evolution (1967) *
The following statement on the evidence for biological evolution, intended for supporting its teaching in public schools, was framed in connection with a debate on the matter held in Little Rock, Arkansas, last summer. (For an account of the occasion leading to the debate see American Biology Teacher, 1967.) Technically, at any rate, such teaching is still illegal in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. It is expected that a court in Arkansas will decide that this ban constitutes an infringement on academic freedom. However, so long as the conception of evolution is thought to be+ read
RNCSE 36:2: What Are Kids Learning About Climate Change
In this issue find:
- Taking the Temperature of Climate Change Education
- Updates from across the country
- What Does NCSE's Survey Mean For NCSEteach?
- Science Booster Clubs: News from the First Expansion
- and more...
How to Testify at a School Board Meeting
Here are some tips for appearing at school board meetings.
- Show up, stand up, and speak up. Elected school board officials respond to numbers, so try to get as many people as possible to attend the meeting-the school board must not think that opponents of evolution are the only voices in the community. Scatter yourself throughout the audience and applaud those on your side.
- Plan ahead. There is usually little time available for testifying. Avoid redundancy and ensure that all of your essential points are made by deciding which group
Ten Tips for Writing a Letter to the Editor
Although most of the battle against creationism has focused on the political and legal battles over textbooks and curriculum development, it is important to remember that public opinion plays a major role in determining the material actually taught in biology classrooms. One inexpensive and effective way to educate the public on the nature of science in general, and evolution in particular, is through the editorial pages. Letters to the editor are widely read, and fundamentalists have long used letter campaigns to push their agenda. By promptly detailing the scientific errors in+ read
Ten Major Court Cases about Evolution and Creationism
1. In 1968, in Epperson v. Arkansas, the United States Supreme Court invalidated an Arkansas statute that prohibited the teaching of evolution. The Court held the statute unconstitutional on the grounds that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not permit a state to require that teaching and learning must be tailored to the principles or prohibitions of any particular religious sect or doctrine. (+ read
Voices for Climate Change Education
Many leading scientific and educational groups have expressed support for teaching climate change in college, high school, grade school and informal settings. Here are some of their statements:
National Research Council of the National Academies of Science of the US, Climate Change Education
Supporting Climate Change Education
What can you do to support climate change education in your local community?
- Tell your child’s science teacher that you support climate change education, in the science classes and throughout the curriculum.
- Emphasize that you reject the idea of teaching the controversy over climate change as scientifically inaccurate and pedagogically irresponsible.
- Support the inclusion in climate change education of a discussion of solutions, which helps to allay the possible emotional impact of the topic.
- Ask your child about activities and
Climate Change Education: Tips for Writing a Public Letter
Even with the decreasing importance of print media, letters to the editor of your local newspaper are a good way to help to defend climate change education. Following are a few time-tested principles for writing effective letters to the editor.+ read
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