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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2017/12/22

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Sad news of the death of Larry Flammer.


Larry Flammer, a master biology teacher, died on December 13, 2017, at
the age of 83, according to e-mail from his family. He was famous in
the community of biology educators for his devotion to evolution
education. He was largely responsible for the creation and
administration of the website of the Evolution and Nature of Science
Institutes, which was founded (with NCSE's encouragement) "to improve
the teaching of evolution in high School biology courses by
encouraging teachers to teach evolutionary thinking in the context of
a more complete understanding of modern scientific thinking."

Flammer sketched the approach to teaching evolution together with the
nature of science that he favored in "The Evolution Solution: Teaching
Evolution Without Conflict," published in The American Biology Teacher
in 2006. "To paraphrase a well-known quote," he wrote there, "biology
makes a whole lot more sense when evolution is used to tie it all
together. As it turns out, both evolution and the nature of science
combined make excellent themes around which to build a coherent and
effective biology course, where everything makes more sense, and it's
all much easier to understand." With regard to creationist objections
from students, he advised, "religious beliefs are not appropriate
topics to defend or discuss in a science class ... If you have
provided a thorough introduction to the nature of science in your
opening unit, it's not likely that you will be seriously challenged on
evolution in class."

Flammer was born in Los Angeles on March 28, 1934. He graduated from
Humboldt State University with a B.A. in zoology in 1956 and from the
University of Washington with a M.S. in zoology in 1962. He spent most
of his career teaching biology at Del Mar High School in the Campbell
Union High School District in the San Jose, California, area. He was
extraordinarily active in mentoring fellow teachers, both in person
and on-line as well as by developing lessons for the Institute of
Human Origins (on NCSE's behalf), the 2001 Evolution series, and
Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, and through his book
Science Surprises (2014).

For the Evolution and Nature of Sciences Institutes website, visit: 

And for "The Evolution Solution" (PDF), visit: 


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Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612-2922
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