The Utah state board of education voted 11-4 on December 4, 2015, to adopt a new set of science standards for grades 6-8, according to a December 4, 2015, press release. Included, despite early signs of controversy, are evolution and climate change.
A measure that would have acknowledged "the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real" was rejected in the U.S. House of Representatives on December 3, 2015, according to The Hill (December 3, 2015).
As the tenth anniversary of the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover approaches, Americans United for Separation of Church and State commemorated the occasion with "Science Lessons," published in the December 2015 issue of Church & State.
The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is emerging as Giving Tuesday, a national day of charity and generosity at the beginning of the holiday season. On this Giving Tuesday — December 1, 2015 — please consider supporting NCSE and its important work to defend the integrity of science education by donating generously. (Your donations, as always, are tax-deductible!) And please share the appeal with your friends and family.
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NCSE is pleased to congratulate Andrew J. Petto on receiving the Evolution Education Award for 2015 from the National Association of Biology Teachers, sponsored by BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.
Robert J. Schadewald (1943-2000), a former president of NCSE's board of directors, was working on a manuscript about the history of the flat-earth movement until the week of his death. Now, thanks to his sister Lois Schadewald and his widow Wendy Schadewald, a final version of The Plane Truth is freely available on-line in web and ebook formats.
Two in three Americans think that global warming is happening, and about half think that, if it is happening, it is mostly owing to human activity, but only about one in ten know that nearly all climate scientists agree that global warming is happening as a result of human activity. Those were among the key findings of Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2015 (PDF).
At its meeting on November 18, 2015, the Texas state board of education voted 8-7 to reject a proposal to add "a state review panel that could include college and university scholars assigned specifically to look for factual errors" in textbooks submitted for adoption in Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman (November 18, 2015).
Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Reservations are still available for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon — as featured in the documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven. From June 30 to July 8, 2016, NCSE will again explore the wonders of creation and evolution on a Grand Canyon river run conducted by NCSE's Steve Newton and Josh Rosenau.