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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2017/08/18

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

There's progress with Idaho's state science standards.

SCIENCE STANDARDS ADVANCE IN IDAHO

At its August 10, 2017, meeting, the Idaho state board of education
gave preliminary approval to a new set of state science standards,
reports Idaho Education News (August 10, 2017).

Earlier versions of standards discussing climate change and human
impact on the environment were, as NCSE previously reported, deleted
from the state science standards by the state legislature, where
legislators -- particularly in the House Education Committee --
complained that they failed to present "both sides of the debate."

The revised versions of the standards continue to acknowledge human
responsibility for recent climate change, but appear to soften or
qualify the acknowledgment somewhat. The drafting committee was
evidently "trying to navigate [between] a rock and a hard place," as
NCSE's Glenn Branch told the Spokane, Washington, Inlander (June 8,
2017).

The proposed standards are now expected to return to the legislature,
to undergo its review in 2018.

For the stories from Idaho Education News and the Inlander, visit:
https://www.idahoednews.org/news/state-board-education-approves-essa-plan/ 
https://www.inlander.com/spokane/political-science/Content?oid=4337671 

And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in Idaho, visit:
https://ncse.com/news/idaho 

WHAT'S NEW AT NCSE'S BLOG?

Have you been visiting NCSE's blog recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Emily Schoerning describing NCSE's new round of microgrants for teachers:
https://ncse.com/blog/2017/08/back-to-school-microgrants-0018588 

For NCSE's blog, 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
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