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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2012/06/22

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

NCSE's Steven Newton discusses creationism and climate change denial
in the pages of Earth. Plus NCSE is looking for a second staffer for
its climate change initiative, and the situation in Kansas is making
Kansans cringe, says the Lawrence Journal-World.


"What do creationists and climate change deniers have in common?" asks
NCSE's Steven Newton, writing in the May 2012 issue of the American
Geoscience Institute's magazine, Earth. "The answer to the riddle is
that creationists and climate change deniers have a lot in common --
most especially in their assertions about science itself," Newton
explains: "What it boils down to is that creationists and climate
change deniers both reject central principles of science on
ideological, religious and political grounds. Moreover, they deny not
just these principles, but also the idea of science itself as a way of
knowing about the world." Both reject well-established scientific
techniques, such as radiometric dating or computer modeling. And both
"have taken their case to the public in a way that distorts and
misrepresents the nature of science." But, he concludes, "[i]n a world
where evolution and climate change are increasingly important to our
economy and lives, science is something worth defending."

For Newton's article in Earth, visit: 


NCSE is seeking to hire a second staff member to work on its new
climate change initiative, which seeks to defend and support the
teaching of climate change. Duties will include:

* counseling teachers, administrators, parents, and other concerned
citizens facing challenges to climate change education;
* providing information on climate change, climate literacy, and
related issues to the general public, the press, and allied
educational, scientific, and environmental organizations;
* developing materials pertaining to climate change education for print and web;
* identifying and reviewing existing climate change education
materials and programs;
* speaking to the press and general public;
* representing NCSE to the climate science, climate literacy, and
environmental education communities; and
* coordinating with policymakers, advocacy groups, educators, and
scientists regarding policies which could harm or benefit accurate
climate science education.

For further information about qualifications, salary and benefits, and
the application process, visit NCSE's job page.

For information about NCSE's climate change initiative, visit: 

For NCSE's job page, visit: 


The renewed complaints of a few members of the Kansas state board of
education about evolution is making Kansans cringe, according to the
editorial board of the Lawrence Journal-World (June 15, 2012). As NCSE
previously reported, when the board heard a presentation about the
current status of the Next Generation Science Standards on June 12,
2012, Ken Willard, a member of the board, distributed a letter arguing
that the draft standards " ignore evidence against evolution, don't
respect religious diversity, and promote secular humanism."

In its editorial, the Journal-World replied, "Kansans have heard this
argument before and largely rejected it. The job of school science
classes is to use the best available scientific evidence to teach
about a variety of topics, including evolution. If matters of faith
somehow conflict with the scientific evidence, that is a topic for
religious instruction most appropriately conducted in private homes or
churches. ... Kansans certainly respect a wide variety of religious
beliefs in the state, but the argument over teaching evolution as part
of public school science classes has proved to be needlessly divisive
and embarrassing."

For the Journal-World's editorial, visit: 

And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in Kansas, 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.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x305
fax: 510-601-7204

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