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Encouraging news from Turkey?

Tue, 2015-06-16 18:47

When the Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority in the June 7, 2015, election, scientists in Turkey were "euphoric," according to Nature (June 16, 2015), hoping that the next parliament will "reverse the creeping restrictions on academic freedom and the seeping away of scientific standards that have been a feature of the AKP's 12 years of political domination" — including the party's support for creationism.

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A chance to help NCSE's archives!

Tue, 2015-06-16 18:00

NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our mission to preserve it for posterity — as well as for occasions such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement. And we are beginning to amass a similar trove of material on disputes over climate change education.

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The Clergy Climate Letter

Thu, 2015-06-11 17:05

Over one hundred clergy — including leaders of Christian, Jewish, Unitarian, and Humanist groups — have endorsed a new Clergy Climate Letter.

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Kansas answers COPE again

Mon, 2015-06-08 22:25

"Kansas education officials deny standards they adopted for teaching of science in public schools endorse what critics say is ... 'a non-theistic religious Worldview,'" reports the Topeka Capital-Journal (June 8, 2015), discussing a brief submitted by the defendants-appellees in COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al. 

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Antiscience bill dies in Alabama

Fri, 2015-06-05 19:43

Alabama's House Bill 592 (PDF) died in committee in the Alabama House of Representatives on June 4, 2015, when the legislative session ended. The bill would have encouraged teachers and students to "debate the strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution in public schools across Alabama," reported the Anniston Star (May 7, 2015).

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Creationism revealed in Louisiana schools, continued

Tue, 2015-06-02 21:44

"We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the student will present." So wrote a Louisiana science teacher to her principal, as quoted by Zack Kopplin, writing in Slate (June 2, 2015).

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A preview of Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology

Mon, 2015-06-01 23:27

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Stephen H. Jenkins's Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology (Oxford University Press, 2015). 

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Facebook: n > 100,000

Mon, 2015-06-01 17:30

A milestone: there are now over 100,000 fans of NCSE's Facebook page. Why not join them, by visiting the page and becoming a fan by clicking on the "Like" box by NCSE's name?

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NCSE's new teacher network

Fri, 2015-05-29 18:42

NCSE is pleased to announce the debut of the NCSE Teacher Network.

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Update from Scotland

Tue, 2015-05-26 17:29

"Campaigners who called for an official ban on teaching creationism in schools have welcomed a 'clear statement' from a Scottish Government minister it should not be taught in science classes," reports the Glasgow Herald (May 24, 2015). 

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Antievolution lawsuit filed in West Virginia

Fri, 2015-05-22 16:35

"A parent of a Jefferson County student has filed a federal lawsuit against local, state and federal education officials claiming the teaching of evolution, which he says is a religion, violates his child’s Constitutional rights," reports the Charleston, West Virginia, Daily Mail (May 21, 2015).

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South Dakota adopts new science standards

Mon, 2015-05-18 20:31

The South Dakota state board of education adopted a new set of science standards for the state on May 18, 2015.

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Antievolution bill dies in Missouri

Fri, 2015-05-15 23:15

Missouri's House Bill 486 (PDF) died in committee in the Missouri House of Representatives on May 15, 2015, when the legislature adjourned. 

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