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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2010/04/23

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

New articles from Reports of the NCSE are available, while Kentucky's
antievolution bill is dead.


Selected content from volume 29, number 6, of Reports of the National
Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website.
Featured are Virginia Yue's report of "A Creationism Row in Hong Kong"
and Beth E. Leuck and Greg Q. Butcher's investigation of "The Effect
of Viewing NOVA's Judgment Day." Plus Keith Thomson reviews Ralph Colp
Jr.'s Darwin's Illness, Timothy H. Goldsmith reviews The Genius of
Charles Darwin (hosted by Richard Dawkins), and Kevin Padian reviews
The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern
Paleontology, edited by David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse.

If you like what you see, why not subscribe to RNCSE today? Featured
in the upcoming issue (volume 30, number 3) are timely articles on
"Americans' Scientific Knowledge and Beliefs about Human Evolution in
the Year of Darwin," by George F. Bishop, Randal K. Thomas, and Jason
A. Wood, and "Teaching Evolution in Muslim States: Iran and Saudi
Arabia Compared," by Elizabeth Burton. And there's history, too:
Shelley Emling discusses the fossil hunter Mary Anning and Randy Moore
discusses the flood geologist George McCready Price. Don't miss out --
subscribe (or renew) today!

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When the Kentucky legislature adjourned sine die on April 15, 2010,
House Bill 397, the Kentucky Science Education and Intellectual
Freedom Act, died in committee. Modeled on the Louisiana Science
Education Act (Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:285.1), HB 397 would, if
enacted, have allowed teachers to "use, as permitted by the local
school board, other instructional materials to help students
understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an
objective manner, including but not limited to the study of evolution,
the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning." A minor
novelty in the bill was the phrase "advantages and disadvantages of
scientific theories," a variation on the familiar "strengths and
weaknesses" and "evidence for and evidence against" rhetoric. Kentucky
is apparently unique in having a statute (Kentucky Revised Statutes
158.177) on the books that authorizes teachers to teach "the theory of
creation as presented in the Bible" and to "read such passages in the
Bible as are deemed necessary for instruction on the theory of

For information about Kentucky's HB 397, visit: 

For the text of KRS 158.177 (PDF), visit: 

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evolution education and threats to it.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x310
fax: 510-601-7204

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