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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2018/03/09

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

NCSE's annual report for 2017. And in Connecticut, a legislative
proposal to require the teaching of climate change.


NCSE's annual report for 2017 is now available on NCSE's website. The
report briefly reviews recent challenges to the integrity of science
education, discusses the national expansion of the Science Booster
Club and the new initiatives planned by the NCSEteach program, and
ends with a financial report -- especially useful for those
considering donating to NCSE! -- and acknowledgment of NCSE's generous

As NCSE's executive director writes in her introductory letter to the
report, "Science teachers help their students wrestle with critically
important questions: What counts as evidence? What is fake and what is
real? As we struggle as a society with the implications of unlimited
access to information of uncertain provenance and unequal accuracy,
the kind of critical thinking that a good science education provides
has never been more important."

For NCSE's annual report for 2017 (PDF), visit: 


Connecticut's Senate Bill 345 would, if enacted, require the teaching
of climate change "consistent with the Next Generation Science
Standards" in the state's public schools, and would also task the
state department of energy and environmental protection with helping
local and regional school districts develop appropriate curricula to
do so.

If the bill is enacted, Connecticut would apparently become the first
state to require the teaching of climate change in the public schools
by law. (Many states already require the teaching of climate change in
effect, through its inclusion in their state science standards, but
not as a matter of statutory law.)

Connecticut adopted the NGSS, where global climate change is presented
as one of four sub-ideas in the core idea of Earth and Human Activity
in the earth and space sciences at both the middle school and the high
school level, in 2015, so presumably the bill is aimed at helping to
bolster climate change's presence in Connecticut science classrooms.

Senate Bill 345 is a "raised" bill, meaning that it was introduced by
a committee rather than by any individual legislators. It was
introduced by the Joint Committee on Environment -- in Connecticut,
all legislative committees contain members of both chambers of the
legislature -- where it is currently awaiting a hearing.

For information about Connecticut's Senate Bill 345 from the legislature, visit: 

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


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

* Ann Reid explaining why NCSE monitors even the zaniest bills aimed
at undermining science education: 

For NCSE's blog, visit: 

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.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612-2922
fax 510-788-7971 

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