NCSE's Reid on Trump's First 100 Days

12.05.2016

Ann Reid

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was featured in Scientific American's report "Trump's First 100 Days: Science Education and Schools" (December 5, 2016).

After noting the existence of evolution and climate change denial among members of the incoming administration, the report observed, "Science education advocates warn [that] the legitimization of such nonscientific views at the highest levels of government could trickle down to local policies. Education boards in several states, such as Louisiana and Texas, have already been battling over how evolution and climate change should be taught, as have state legislatures considering bills that would allow teachers to treat these subjects as controversial. Nearly all of this legislation has emerged in states that were won by Trump. 'We see 10 to 12 of the bills every year, and their intent is clearly to give teachers cover to teach nonscience in science classrooms,' says Ann Reid, executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). 'None have passed recently, but there's a danger that the people introducing these bills and school boards trying to change standards will be emboldened.' According to Reid, NCSE surveys suggest that many teachers avoid teaching evolution and climate change, concerned that parents will complain. She predicts community pressure around these issues will only increase."

Areas outside curriculum and instruction in which the Trump administration might also affect science education were also discussed in the report.