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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2012/07/13

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

Encouraging news from South Korea and a new batch of videos on NCSE's
YouTube channel.


The plan to eliminate examples of evolution from textbooks in South
Korea is under reconsideration. As NCSE previously reported, the South
Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology revealed in May
2012 that, due to a petition from a creationist-linked group, textbook
publishers were preparing to eliminate the evolution of the horse and
of Archaeopteryx from their high school biology textbooks. South
Korean biologists complained that the decision was taken without
consulting them, one telling Nature (June 5, 2012), "The ministry just
sent the petition out to the publishing companies and let them judge."

Now, however, "[t]he South Korean government is poised to appoint a
new committee that will revisit a controversial plan to drop two
examples of evolutionary theory from high school textbooks," according
to Science Insider (July 6, 2012), and about fifty prominent South
Korean scientists are preparing to submit a petition to the government
calling for the proposed changes to be rejected. "When these things
are done, I think it will turn out that after all Korean science will
not surrender to religion, so to speak," Jae Choe, an evolutionary
biologist at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, told Science Insider.

For the stories in Nature and Science Insider, visit: 

And for NCSE's previous coverage of international events, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to announce the addition of a further batch of videos
to NCSE's YouTube channel. Especially noteworthy is Eugenie C. Scott
speaking on "The public understanding of evolution and the KISS
principle" at the University of Idaho in 2009, on the occasion of her
receiving the first Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the
Study of Evolution. Also featured are "Reason and creationism" at the
Global Atheist Convention, "Creationism, evolution, education -- and
politics" and "Climate change and evolution denial -- the parallels"
at Saginaw Valley State University, "Creationism in and outside of the
US" at the 6th World Skeptics Congress, "Florida's 'critical thinking'
bills" at the University of South Florida, and "What would Darwin say
to today's creationists?" at Transylvania University, all from 2012,
and "Why creationism isn't science" at Denkfest Zürich and "The Texas
evolution wars" at the Texas Freethought Convention, both from 2011.

Additionally, there are videos of Barbara Forrest (a member of NCSE's
board of directors) discussing "The fraud of academic freedom" at the
Texas Freethought Convention in 2011; Mark McCaffrey explaining why he
is "Skeptical about climate skeptics" to Bay Area Skeptics in 2012;
Eric Meikle discussing "Darwin and the human fossil record: 150 years
of discovery, exploration, and debate" at Eastern Illinois University
in 2012; Steve Newton explaining "Creationism vs. evolution: The
meaning to our schools and society" at the Oakmont Sunday Symposium in
2012 and "Anti-evolution and anti-climate science bills laid bare" to
Berkeley Atheists in 2012; and Zack Kopplin -- the intrepid student
who spearheaded the effort to repeal his home state's so-called
Louisiana Science Education Act in 2011 and again in 2012 -- receiving
the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation
in 2012. Tune in and enjoy!

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Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
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Oakland, CA 94609-2509
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