NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2011/12/23
(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)
Dear Friends of NCSE, Two antievolution bills surface in the Granite State. And a new issue of RNCSE for your reading pleasure.
ANTIEVOLUTION LEGISLATION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE The two antievolution bills on the horizon in New Hampshire have now been prefiled in the state House of Representatives. House Bill 1148, introduced by Jerry Bergevin (R-District 17), would charge the state board of education to "[r]equire evolution to be taught in the public schools of this state as a theory, including the theorists' political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism." House Bill 1457, introduced by Gary Hopper (R-District 7) and John Burt (R-District 7), would charge the state board of education to "[r]equire science teachers to instruct pupils that proper scientific inquire [sic] results from not committing to any one theory or hypothesis, no matter how firmly it appears to be established, and that scientific and technological innovations based on new evidence can challenge accepted scientific theories or modes." Although HB 1457 as drafted is silent about "intelligent design," Hopper's initial request was to have a bill drafted that would require "instruction in intelligent design in the public schools." Both bills were referred to the House Education Committee; HB 1148 is scheduled for a hearing on February 9, 2012, and HB 1457 is scheduled for a hearing on February 14, 2012. A columnist for the Nashua Telegraph (July 3, 2011) who interviewed Bergevin and Hopper about their bills commented, "My taxpayer dollars pay science teachers to teach science, not philosophy. Let's hope lawmakers don't try to get in the way." For the text of HB 1148 and HB 1457, visit: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1148.html http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1457.html For the column in the Nashua Telegraph, visit: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/newsstatenewengland/924904-227/lawmakers-pushing-creationism-in-schools-is-a.html And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in New Hampshire, visit: http://ncse.com/news/new-hampshire RNCSE 31:6 NOW ON-LINE NCSE is pleased to announce the sixth issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education in its new on-line format. The issue -- volume 31, number 6 -- features George Allan Alderman III's account of his visit to Kent Hovind's creationist theme park, Dinosaur Adventure Land, and Ian C. Binns's review of the battle over science in Louisiana since the passage of the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act in 2008. For his regular People and Places column, Randy Moore discusses the controversial career of the nineteenth-century preacher and enthusiast for evolution Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887). Plus a host of reviews of books relating to the creationism/evolution controversy: Marc-André Lachance reviews David Herbert's Charles Darwin's Religious Views: From Creationist to Evolutionist; John M. Lynch reviews Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt's A Meaningful World; Arthur McCalla reviews Lenn E. Goodman's Creation and Evolution; Arcady Mushegian and Eric Kessler review John C. Avise's Inside the Human Genome; Juli Peretó reviews Fazale Rana's Creating Life in the Lab; and Jeffrey Shallit reviews James Le Fanu's Why Us? How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves. All of these articles, features, and reviews are freely available in PDF form from http://reports.ncse.com. Members of NCSE will shortly be receiving in the mail the print supplement to Reports 31:6, which, in addition to summaries of the on-line material, contains news from the membership, a regular column in which NCSE staffers offer personal reports on what they've been doing to defend the teaching of evolution, a new regular column interviewing NCSE's favorite people -- members of NCSE's board of directors, NCSE's Supporters, recipients of NCSE's Friend of Darwin award, and so on -- and more besides. (Not a member? Join today!) For the table of contents for RNCSE 31:6, visit: http://reports.ncse.com/index.php/rncse/issue/current/showToc For information about joining NCSE, visit: http://ncse.com/join Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- http://ncse.com -- where you can always find the latest news on evolution education and threats to it. -- With best wishes for the holiday season, Glenn Branch Deputy Director National Center for Science Education, Inc. 420 40th Street, Suite 2 Oakland, CA 94609-2509 510-601-7203 x305 fax: 510-601-7204 800-290-6006 firstname.lastname@example.org http://ncse.com Read Reports of the NCSE on-line: http://reports.ncse.com Subscribe to NCSE's free weekly e-newsletter: http://groups.google.com/group/ncse-news NCSE is on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter: http://www.facebook.com/evolution.ncse http://www.youtube.com/NatCen4ScienceEd http://twitter.com/ncse NCSE's work is supported by its members. Join today! http://ncse.com/join