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Arkansas creationism bill apparently dies

Wed, 2017-04-05 00:14

When the Arkansas legislature recessed on April 3, 2017, House Bill 2050 (PDF) — which would, if enacted, have allowed "public schools to teach creationism and intelligent design as theories alongside the theory of evolution" — apparently died.
 

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Don’t Let Heartland Fool Teachers!

Sat, 2017-04-01 15:30

The Heartland Institute is trying to fool teachers. NCSE is fighting back. You can help us.

 

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A glimpse of The Scopes Monkey Trial

Fri, 2017-03-31 18:08

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Randy Moore and William F. McComas's The Scopes Monkey Trial (Arcadia Publishing, 2016).

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Frontline on climate change denial

Tue, 2017-03-28 21:58

A climate-change-denial think tank's unsolicited mailing to science teachers was the topic of a story from Frontline (March 28, 2017).

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Antiscience bills progress in Florida

Tue, 2017-03-28 18:30

The two bills aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools — whose supporters have evolution and climate change in their sights — progressed in the Florida legislature.

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Climate change deletion finalized in Idaho

Mon, 2017-03-27 21:55

The Idaho House of Representatives voted 56-9 to adopt Senate Concurrent Resolution 121 on March 24, 2017, thus finalizing the legislature's decision to delete five standards — those discussing climate change and human impact on the environment — from a proposed new set of state science standards for Idaho.

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Congratulations to the 2017 NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship winners!

Mon, 2017-03-27 18:15
NCSE rafters examining Vulcan's Anvil, one of Grand Canyon's geological wonders. Photo by Josh Rosenau, 2014.

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the third teacher scholarships on our regular raft trip through the Grand Canyon: Marie Story of Whittier Middle School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Robyn Witty of Roncalli High School, Indianapolis, Indiana. Both teachers will receive an all-expenses-paid eight-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon, guided by a member of NCSE's staff and joining twenty other NCSE members and supporters who purchased seats on the trip. (Two seats are still available for the 2017 trip.) The funds for the teacher scholarships were donated by generous members and supporters of NCSE.

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Congratulations to Richard C. Lewontin

Mon, 2017-03-27 15:57

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Richard C. Lewontin, a member of NCSE's Advisory Council, on receiving the Genetics Society of America's Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics for 2017.

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Antiscience bill progresses in Oklahoma

Wed, 2017-03-22 18:22

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 393 (PDF), which would empower science denial in the classroom, was passed on a 34-10 vote by the Senate on March 22, 2017, despite the protests of state and national organizations of scientists and science teachers..

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A new voice against Oklahoma's antiscience bill

Fri, 2017-03-17 18:20

A young activist in Oklahoma is making headlines for his opposition to the state's Senate Bill 393, which would empower science denial in the classroom.

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The latest Gallup poll on climate

Wed, 2017-03-15 16:43

"Record percentages of Americans are concerned about global warming, believe it is occurring, consider it a serious threat and say it is caused by human activity. All of these perceptions are up significantly from 2015," reports Gallup (March 14, 2017).

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NCSE's Branch in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Mon, 2017-03-13 22:07

NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch contributed "Science Teachers in the Trenches of the Climate Wars" to the opinion section of the website of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (March 13, 2017).

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Polling climate in Europe

Fri, 2017-03-10 19:02

European Perceptions of Climate Change, the March 2017 report of a public opinion survey conducted in June 2016 in France, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom, offers (PDF) information about the attitudes toward the reality of, the causes behind, and the scientific consensus about climate change in those countries.

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Nature issues a rallying call to scientists

Wed, 2017-03-08 21:07

The editorial in the March 8, 2017, issue of the prestigious scientific journal Nature calls on researchers to defend the integrity of science education — and cites NCSE.

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New science standards in Louisiana

Wed, 2017-03-08 19:02

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Antievolution bill in Arkansas

Tue, 2017-03-07 01:34

Arkansas's House Bill 2050 (PDF), filed as a shell bill on March 6, 2017 — the last day on which bills may be filed in the 2017 regular session — would, if enacted, "allow public schools to teach creationism and intelligent design as theories alongside the theory of evolution," according to THV 11 (March 6, 2017). 

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Concerns mount about Oklahoma's antiscience bill

Tue, 2017-03-07 00:46

Two additional national organizations have expressed their concern to the Oklahoma Senate about Senate Bill 393, which would empower science denial in the classroom.

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Why NCSE Is Marching for Science

Mon, 2017-03-06 23:02

The March for Science will take place on April 22, 2017, in Washington DC, with satellite marches planned in more than 300 communities in more than thirty countries. The National Center for Science Education was one of the first organizations to endorse the march, and we are encouraging our members to take part. Why?

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Two down in Iowa

Mon, 2017-03-06 18:38

Two bills in the Iowa legislature that would have undermined the integrity of science education died on March 3, 2017, when a deadline for bills to pass committee in their house of origin expired.

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NCSE and the March for Science

Mon, 2017-03-06 18:12

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