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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/06/24

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

A pair of climate change education bills is before Congress.

CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION BILLS IN CONGRESS

Senate Bill 3074, introduced in the U. S. Senate on June 16, 2016,
would, if enacted, authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration to establish a climate change education program.

Observing that "the evidence for human-induced climate change is
overwhelming and undeniable," the bill assigns NOAA the task of
"broaden[ing] the understanding of human-induced climate change,
possible long-term and short-term consequences, and potential
solutions" through providing formal and informal learning
opportunities to people of all ages. Included is a grant program aimed
at improving climate change education at the K-12 level.

The sponsor of the bill is Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), who
unsuccessfully broached a similar piece of legislation (amending what
would become the Every Child Achieves Act) in 2015, as NCSE previously
reported. Additionally, a similar measure, House Bill 1961, was
introduced in the U. S. House of Representatives in 2015 by Michael
Honda (D-California, District 17), although it is currently stalled in
committee.

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was enthusiastic about the bills.
Alluding to the recent NCSE/Penn State survey about the teaching of
climate change, she commented, "We know for a fact that too many
teachers are unprepared to present climate change, especially when
they encounter ideological resistance. The proposed bill will allow
the federal government to help teachers to present climate change
accurately, honestly, and confidently."

"Everyone concerned about equipping students with the knowledge and
knowhow required for them to flourish in a warming world should urge
their congressional representative to support these bills," Reid
added.

For information about Senate Bill 3074, visit:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3074 

For information about House Bill 1961, visit:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1961/ 

And for NCSE's report on the NCSE/Penn State survey (PDF), visit:
http://ncse.com/files/MixedMessages.pdf 

WHAT'S NEW FROM THE SCIENCE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

Have you been visiting NCSE's blog, The Science League of America,
recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Emily Schoerning discussing the effects of climate change on food
crops in her own back yard:
http://ncse.com/blog/2016/06/hungry-hungry-heat-wave-0018277 

* Steven Newton discussing the importance of science education in the
millennial workplace:
http://ncse.com/blog/2016/06/science-education-millennial-workers-mad-skillz-gap-0018278 

* Glenn Branch discussing why a Scopes-era creationist misrepresented
the timing of mass extinctions:
http://ncse.com/blog/2016/06/failing-to-make-hay-mass-extinctions-0017061 

And much more besides!

For The Science League of America, visit:
http://ncse.com/blog 

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

--
Sincerely,

Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612-2922
510-601-7203
fax 510-788-7971
branch@ncse.com 
http://ncse.com 

Check out NCSE's blog, Science League of America:
http://ncse.com/blog 

Read Reports of the NCSE on-line:
http://reports.ncse.com