NCAC condemns the recent move by the Trump administration to censor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by forbidding the use of certain words in official communications.
The bill is vague, allowing challenges and changes to curricular selections made by ideological actors.
S.B. 393 is the latest in a string of similar “anti-science bills” introduced in states around the country. One such bill was rejected by South Dakota’s House Education Committee last month.
The bill removes the restraints on teachers that prevent them from straying from professionally-developed science standards adopted by state educators.
According to the bill, “no teacher may be prohibited from helping students understand, analyze, critique, or review in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information.”
NCAC has released the following statement on the climate change controversy brewing in Portland: On May 17, the Public School Board of Portland, Oregon unanimously adopted a resolution to “Develop an Implementation Plan for Climate Literacy,” which concluded with this recommendation: “The implementation plan should include a review of current textbooks for accuracy around the severity of […]
The widely publicized cancellation of the controversial documentary is likely to backfire for those concerned that the ideas in the film are fraudulent and wrong.
A series of proposed changes to the sex ed curriculum in Omaha, Nebraska generated intense opposition late last year, with hundreds of angry parents packing a meeting to denounce plans to teach students about gender identity, emergency contraception, and abortion. Now it is up to the board to decide how and what students will learn.
Two new bills are designed to empower ideologically-driven activists to shape what is taught in Florida’s classrooms.
Parents in Omaha are fired up about proposed changes to the sexual education curriculum. Are they trying to keep their kids “pure,” or are they calling for censorship?
Florida state government officials appear to have a rule about how to deal with climate change: Don’t talk about it.
Good news from Delaware: One school district dropped a plan to limit students’ access to certain books, and in another district the effort to alter health curriculum in accord with religious objections appears to have failed.
In October, a few school board members in Gilbert, AZ attracted national attention when they voted 3-2 to yank two pages from an honors Biology textbook. Thankfully, redaction is off the table after the most recent board meeting.
UPDATE: After receiving NCAC’s letter, pastor and school board member Shaun Fink has struck back against NCAC. Contrary to his earlier public statements, Fink now claims that he never called for the exclusion of materials on LGBT content or STD, HIV, and pregnancy prevention. At December 2’s health curriculum subcommittee meeting, he also characterized NCAC’s letter as a […]
Some years ago, NCAC created the Knowledge Project: Censorship & Science, as national concern over the “politicization” of science escalated. The work of the Project revealed that the problem was more than just politics: censorship of science that did not support the government’s policies infringed the free speech of scientists, undermined the integrity of science, and jeopardized […]
Joint Letter re: Open Records Request to UVA On Climate Research Emails
News of GlaxoSmithKline’s coverup of the health risks of their diabetes drug, “Avandia,” has also highlighted serious problems with scientific integrity at the FDA. In 2006, an FDA scientist who recommended requiring a warning label about Avandia’s possible heart health risks was shot down and reprimanded by her superiors. In 2007, the non-profit Physicians Committee […]
An LA Times report details the disappointment expressed by some government scientists with a lack of improvement in scientific integrity since President Obama took office and called for new rules to protect scientific integrity. Such new rules have yet to be issued, and lower level government scientists still report political pressure to alter their results […]
MMS distorted environmental assessment of offshore drilling in Alaska (2010) In March 2010, just days before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed that during the Bush administration, the Minerals Management Service (MMS), the agency responsible for regulating the oil industry, had altered the work of environmental scientists or […]
Spurious investigation of UVA scientist sends a chilling message (2010) In May 2010, Union of concerned Scientists (UCS) reported that the University of Virginia was calling for an end to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s investigation of internationally respected climate scientist Michael Mann. Cuccinelli has a reputation as a hero among conservative tea party activists, […]