evolution

The fight over Texas science policy continues…

By |2019-03-20T18:08:35-04:00April 13th, 2009|Blog|

On Friday, March 26, the Texas Board of Education struck down a bill that required evolution be taught with consideration of the "strengths and weaknesses" of the theory. The new bill, however, is not a striking victory for advocates of depolicized, science-based education. According to the NCSE: ...the revised biology standard (7B) reflects two discredited creationist ideas — that "sudden [...]

Why Texas matters: Evolution education in “one of the nation’s biggest buyers of textbooks”

By |2019-03-13T15:17:57-04:00January 22nd, 2009|Blog|

The New York Times reported yesterday on the fight in Texas over science standards. The standards for 20 years have required that science be taught in a way that show the “strengths and weaknesses” of Darwin’s theory of evolution.  The third draft, passed in December 2008 didn’t include this phrase, but this year 7 of the 15 members of the [...]

Critical thinking, teaching the controversy, and unproven belief roundup

By |2019-03-15T16:11:29-04:00January 16th, 2009|Blog|

Louisiana: On January 13, 2009, Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education passed a policy that gives teachers more leeway to use materials outside of the science textbooks. Supporters say this would foster critical thinking in students, critics says that this is merely a guise for permitting creationism in classrooms. Crack the code: how “critical thinking” is used to support [...]

Antievolution bills die in committee, Texas science standards change

By |2019-03-12T18:26:34-04:00December 30th, 2008|Blog|

Two antievolution bills in Michigan died in committee on December 19th. The Michigan bills were modeled after the Louisiana Science Education Act which passed in June 2008. According to the National Center for Science Education: If enacted, the [Michigan] bills would have required state and local administrators “to create an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that encourages pupils [...]

2nd Amendment: Censored evolution editorial was plagiarized

By |2019-03-12T18:27:32-04:00December 15th, 2008|Blog|

We left for the weekend with a piece on a student's editorial that was pulled from the school paper. From the student's perspective, and from the principal's response, it seemed the article was pulled because it defended evolution and failed to mention creationism. Unfortunately, as reported today in the Roanoke Times, the article was plagiarized. According to the editorial, the [...]

Student editorial on evolution pulled by principal

By |2019-03-12T18:27:32-04:00December 12th, 2008|Blog|

A dispiriting story in the Roanoke Times on a student who's opinion piece on evolution was pulled by the principle principal (amusing typo, Sarah). Brandon Creasy, who is a student at Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration wrote the article for the school magazine. The crux of his piece (printed in the Roanoke Times) is that: [...]

Reform Jewish leaders testify against adding creationism/intelligent design

By |2019-03-12T18:31:02-04:00November 23rd, 2008|Blog|

by Sarah Falcon On Wednesday, three Reform Jewish leaders testified in Austin, Texas against a language change in the school curriculum which would require teaching "strengths and limitations" of scientific theories. Texas' current curriculum requires teaching the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories. Testimonies from two of the rabbis is excerpted below: