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Meet Our Teacher Ambassadors: Blake Touchet

Wed, 2019-01-16 00:11

“Teachers who don’t teach evolution aren’t actually teaching biology—they’re just playing a long game of Trivial Pursuit at the expense of their students,” says NCSE Teacher Ambassador Blake Touchet.

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"Strengths and weaknesses" bill in North Dakota

Tue, 2019-01-15 21:17

North Dakota's House Bill 1538 (PDF), which would allow the misrepresentation of science in the classroom, was filed on January 14, 2019, and referred to the Joint Education Committee.

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A new antiscience bill in Florida

Tue, 2019-01-15 15:45

Florida's Senate Bill 330, filed on January 14, 2019, would, if enacted, require "[c]ontroversial theories and concepts" discussed in science standards "[to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner."

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Creation science bill in Indiana

Fri, 2019-01-11 20:44

Indiana's Senate Bill 373 would, if enacted, provide that "[t]he governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation."

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Rudy Raff dies

Fri, 2019-01-11 20:07

The distinguished biologist Rudolf A. "Rudy" Raff died on January 5, 2019, at the age of 77, according to The Scientist (January 9, 2019).

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"Controversial issues" resolution in Virginia

Fri, 2019-01-11 15:58

A resolution in the Virginia General Assembly would urge the adoption of a code of ethics for public school teachers — with a provision that could adversely affect science education.

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A climate change education bill in Connecticut

Wed, 2019-01-09 18:48

A proposed bill in Connecticut would, if enacted, apparently make it the first state to require the teaching of climate change in the public schools by law. 

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Got Climate Change Misconceptions? John Cook Can Help.

Wed, 2019-01-02 20:14

John Cook knows a thing or two about climate change misconceptions and he’s on a mission to help teachers and students leverage those misconceptions into fruitful, engaging, evidence-based learning opportunities.

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"Controversial issues" legislation in Arizona

Wed, 2019-01-02 18:11

Arizona's House Bill 2002, which would prohibit teachers from taking a stand on "any side of a controversial issue," would apparently affect science education.

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Some Years Are Special—2018 Was One of Them

Fri, 2018-12-28 18:34

NCSE’s Executive Director Ann Reid looks back at the organization's accomplishments in 2018, and looks ahead to what’s coming in 2019.

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RNCSE 39:1 now on-line

Fri, 2018-12-21 19:10

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education — volume 39, number 1 — is now available on-line. 

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NCSE's Reid on Perception Gaps

Wed, 2018-12-19 22:44

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid — and her dog Buster — appeared on the Christian Science Monitor's podcast Perception Gaps (December 17, 2018).

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Trouble on the horizon in Florida?

Mon, 2018-12-10 17:08

"Newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed the members of his transition team for education — and on it are two people linked to efforts to weaken the teaching of evolution and climate change, among other topics," reports Education Week (December 7, 2018).

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Meet Our Teacher Ambassadors: John Mead

Sat, 2018-12-08 05:46

NCSE Teacher Ambassador John Mead sees evolution as the mortar that holds “the bricks of our biological world together” and wants to help fellow teachers improve the depth and breadth of their evolution teaching.

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Antiscience legislation in Oklahoma

Mon, 2018-12-03 17:42

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 14 (PDF), which would empower science denial in the classroom, was prefiled in the Oklahoma legislature.

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The latest poll on climate change

Fri, 2018-11-30 21:46

"An increasing number of Americans believe climate change is occurring, including a majority who now see this issue as a very serious problem," according to the latest Monmouth University Poll. "Scientists have long agreed that climate change is a very serious problem, and it is past time to take action. Now it is clear that a majority of Americans regardless of political party agree," commented Tony MacDonald, the director of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University.

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Polling evolution in Canada

Fri, 2018-11-30 21:12

More than two thirds of Canadians think that human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, according to a new poll — but less than half think that creationism should not be part of the public school curriculum.

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Help wanted: part-time spring intern

Fri, 2018-11-30 20:51

NCSE is seeking to hire a part-time spring intern to assist with the national launch of the Science Booster Club program.

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NCSE's Branch contemplates Epperson in Scientific American

Mon, 2018-11-26 21:55

Writing for Scientific American's blog (November 26, 2018), NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch considered the progress in evolution education in the last half century, from the defeat of Scopes-era bans on teaching evolution through the series of attempts to "balance" evolution with a supposedly scientific alternative to the present day, when "the preferred strategy is now to belittle evolution, while remaining silent about any supposed alternatives."

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NCSE's Reid celebrates Epperson in the Los Angeles Times

Mon, 2018-11-19 21:05

Writing in the Los Angeles Times (November 18, 2018), NCSE's executive director Ann Reid celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Epperson v. Arkansas overturning bans on teaching evolution — but warned that "teaching evolution is still challenging in many communities in the United States."

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