2012

03.26.2012

Three of Tennessee's top scientists warn, "the Tennessee legislature is doing the unbelievable: attempting to roll the clock back to 1925 by attempting to insert religious beliefs in the teaching of science." In a column published in the Nashville Tennessean (March 25, 2012), Roger D. Cone, Robert G. Webster, and Jon Kaas — all distinguished Tennessee scientists and members of the National Academy of Sciences — argue that Tennessee's "monkey bills" "are misleading, unnecessary, likely to provoke unnecessary and divisive legal proceedings, and likely to have adverse economic consequences for the state."

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03.23.2012
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A Tennesseean Nobel laureate in science, Stanley Cohen, already denounced (PDF) Tennessee's "monkey bills" as promising to "miseducate students, harm the state's national reputation, and weaken its efforts to compete in a science-driven global economy." But what would his fellow laureates say?

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03.23.2012

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Richard Milner's Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through Time (Abrams Books, 2012).

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03.21.2012

The Nashville Tennessean (March 21, 2012) editorially denounced Tennessee's "monkey bills" as "wedging open a door to include a radically divisive, ultra-conservative Christian agenda disguised in politically correct language."

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03.20.2012

The National Association of Biology Teachers expressed its opposition to Tennessee's "monkey bills" — House Bill 368 and Senate Bill 893 — in a letter to Governor Bill Haslam.

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03.20.2012

"The Senate approved a bill Monday evening that deals with teaching of evolution and other scientific theories," the Knoxville News-Sentinel (March 19, 2012) reported, adding, "Critics call it a 'monkey bill' that promotes creationism in classrooms."

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03.19.2012

A new resource, Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education, offers educators with guidance to help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions — including those related to climate change.

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03.17.2012

Adding to the chorus of disapproval of Tennessee's "monkey bills" — House Bill 368 and Senate Bill 893 — are the two leading associations of K-12 geology educators: the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

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03.16.2012

The American Institute of Biological Sciences denounced Tennessee's "monkey bills" — House Bill 368 and Senate Bill 893 — as "bad for science, science education, and the future economic health of well being of Tennessee" in letters sent to the leadership of the Tennessee General Assembly (PDF) and to Governor Bill Haslam (PDF).

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03.16.2012

Eight Tennessee members of the National Academies — including a Nobel laureate — have signed a statement (PDF) expressing their firm opposition to House Bill 368 and Senate Bill 893.

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