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Biblical Literalists’ Clash With Science

Biblical Literalists’ Clash With Science | evolution & education | Scoop.it
By allowing that evolution is a theory, scientists would hand fundamentalists the fig leaf they need to insist, at least among themselves, that the Bible is the literal, not metaphorical, truth.
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Teaching Evolution Without Tears | NIMBioS

Teaching Evolution Without Tears | NIMBioS | evolution & education | Scoop.it

"Teaching evolution without tears can be a tall order for science teachers in a nation where 46 percent of Americans believe in creationism over science (Gallup Poll), but NIMBioS is trying to help get good information into the hands of teachers."

Beth Adler, Oak Ridge High School teacher, talks to teachers with a printout of part of the human genome surrounding her on the floor.

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What's the Matter With Creationism? | The Nation

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created human beings within the last 10,000 years or so. Why that’s a worrying statistic.
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Defeated Lawmaker Promotes Creationist for Texas Education Commissioner | TFN Insider

It's bad enough that the State Board of Education has become a heavily politicized, dysfunctional embarrassment for Texas. Now religious-righters want control of the Texas Education Agency as well.
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A well informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will | Pharyngula

Both Andrew Sullivan and Kevin Drum are wrong, but I think Drum is infuriatingly wrong. The evolution statistic does have epic significance. If kids were graduating from high school unable to read or do basic arithmetic, we’d see that as a serious indictment of our educational system…and we’d be right to worry about our future as a technological society. That 46% of our citizens graduate with a complete denial of a most basic, fundamental fact about our world — that all of the sciences, not just biology, but physics, geology, chemistry, and astronomy concur that the planet is billions of years old — represents a massive failure of our educational system. In itself, it’s a small problem — it’s knowledge of one small detail. But as a symptom, it indicates a nation-wide problem.
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Kansas headed toward another evolution debate as school board reviews new science standards

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas is headed toward another debate over how evolution is taught in its public schools, with a State Board of Education member saying Friday that science standards under development are “very problematic” for describing the theory as a well-established, core scientific concept....
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ARKive Education - Teaching resources

ARKive Education - Teaching resources | evolution & education | Scoop.it
Education teaching resources on ARKive including key science & biology subjects such as adaptation, biodiversity, conservation, classification, food chains, identification and Darwin’s theory of natural selection...
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Monkey kabuki

Monkey kabuki | evolution & education | Scoop.it
DOES a bill that does nothing actually do something? This is not a Zen koan, but a legislative one, being tested this month in Tennessee.
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On Evolution and Rent Control | The Weinerworks

"I believe our usual counterargument goes something like this: “What controversy? That’s like saying there’s a controversy over whether the Roman Empire existed!” I think that’s a flawed counterargument, and here’s why: It doesn’t fully capture the specific nature of the creationism argument. It doesn’t capture that there is tepid public acceptance but overwhelming acceptance of evolution among biologists. That is, in the case of evolution, there is *actual* controversy. It just doesn’t exist between people who are educated on the topic."

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Tennessee back to the future with new anti-evolution law

Tennessee back to the future with new anti-evolution law | evolution & education | Scoop.it

"The new Tennessee law does not ban the teaching of evolution as the old law had. Its supporters contend that it will allow the expansion of scientific views in the classroom. What it does do is allow doubt to be injected into areas of science in which scientists say there really isn’t any. It allows creationism and evolution to be debated side by side in a science classroom, which is just plain wrong, even if the Tennessee legislature thinks otherwise."

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"Monkey bill" enacted in Tennessee | NCSE

"Monkey bill" enacted in Tennessee | NCSE | evolution & education | Scoop.it

"Governor Bill Haslam allowed Tennessee's House Bill 368 to become law without his signature..."

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Oklahoma antiscience bill dies | NCSE

Oklahoma antiscience bill dies | NCSE | evolution & education | Scoop.it

"Oklahoma's House Bill 1551, one of two bills attacking the teaching of evolution and of climate change active in the Oklahoma legislature during 2012, is now in effect dead, according to Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education. Originally introduced in 2011, HB 1551 was rejected by the House Common Education Committee in that year, but revived and passed by the committee in 2012, and then passed by the House of Representatives on a 56-12 vote on March 15, 2012, and sent to the Senate Education Committee, where it died. April 2, 2012, was the last meeting of the Senate Education Committee in the present legislative session, and April 5, 2012, is the deadline for single-assigned house bills (such as HB 1551) to be reported from their senate committees."

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Could Charles Darwin Be Elected to Congress?

Could Charles Darwin Be Elected to Congress? | evolution & education | Scoop.it
Anti-evolution Congressman Paul Broun (R-Ga.) ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election, but nearly 4,000 voters wrote in Charles Darwin to protest their representative’s views.
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Rosa Rubicondior: Only A Theory

Rosa Rubicondior: Only A Theory | evolution & education | Scoop.it

"No sane person would doubt gravity because the current theory has a few small gaps, yet the Theory of Evolution is actually more satisfactory than is the Theory of Gravity."

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The Loch Ness Monster Is Real; The KKK Is Good: The Shocking Content of Publicly Paid for Christian School Textbooks | Education

The Loch Ness Monster Is Real; The KKK Is Good: The Shocking Content of Publicly Paid for Christian School Textbooks | Education | evolution & education | Scoop.it
Thousands of Louisiana students will receive state voucher money, transferred from public school funding, to attend private religious schools. What will they learn there?
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Are the New Atheists Responsible for the Creationist Menace? - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education

"I too worry that polarizing things does lead to a religion-or-science-and-take-no-hostages kind of thinking. And whatever the Constitution may say and whatever previous interpretations may have been, I fear that the present Supreme Court might take this as an excuse – if indeed they even look for excuses – to allow some form of biblical literalism into biology classes."

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Classroom Clashes (Pt. 1): Teaching evolution | AAAS MemberCentral

Classroom Clashes (Pt. 1): Teaching evolution | AAAS MemberCentral | evolution & education | Scoop.it
May 29, 2012 AAAS member -- Freelance Writer Carrie Madren Editor’s note: In a two-part series, AAAS talks with middle and high school teachers across the country to find out what it’s like to be on the front lines of two often-controversial science topics — evolution and climate change — and how they deal with the push back. Part I features tales about teaching evolution and Part II, stories from climate science teachers..
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Scholarship Funds, Meant for Needy, Benefit Private Schools

Scholarship Funds, Meant for Needy, Benefit Private Schools | evolution & education | Scoop.it

"Many religiously affiliated schools across the country are known for turning out well-educated students and teaching core subjects without a sectarian bias. But some schools financed by the tax-credit programs teach a fundamentalist dogma holding that the world was literally created in six days."

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Theistic Evolution is Not a Form of Intelligent Design : EvolutionBlog

By all means criticize TE for glopping up a perfectly good scientific theory with a lot of unnecessary theological gobbledy-gook. Just remember that on the issue of science education they are on the side of the angels, and, indeed, are necessary allies in the fight against creationism. Describing them with the same term we use for anti-science, right-wing religious zealots is not helpful...
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Commentary: Evolutionary monkey laws | McClatchy

"Once, the Monkey Bill would have been regarded as only a local curiosity. But lunatic legislation no longer occurs in a vacuum. Gun laws like Stand Your Ground, the new spate of voter-ID laws, laws that restrict immigration and abortion or those that attempt to resurrect school prayer are derived, often word for word, from model legislation issued by ideological think tanks."

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The “Monkey Bill”: Creationism through the back door?

The “Monkey Bill”: Creationism through the back door? | evolution & education | Scoop.it

A new law in the U.S. state of Tennessee, the second in the country, will allow science teachers to address the “strengths and weaknesses” of the theory of evolution with their classes. They may also use class time to present alternative explanations, such as intelligent design, the new incarnation of creationism. Although proponents of the law claim it simply defends “academic freedom” and encourages critical thinking in students, supporters of science see it as a veiled effort to bring creationism into the classroom.

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Paul Harris Online: Tennessee vs. Evolution, Again

Paul Harris Online: Tennessee vs. Evolution, Again | evolution & education | Scoop.it

"Today on KTRS/St. Louis, I discussed the new law with evolutionary biologist Josh Rosenau of the National Center For Science Education. He explained what it means for science teachers in Tennessee and the impact it will have on students who go on to college."

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Tennessee ‘monkey bill’ becomes law

Tennessee ‘monkey bill’ becomes law | evolution & education | Scoop.it
A second US state lets schools ‘teach the controversy’ surrounding politically charged topics in science.
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Americans United for Separation of Church and State asks Haslam to veto three bills

"Concerns surrounding this bill cannot be overstated. Indeed, HB 368 does not even purport to improve science education – it practically acknowledges that its purpose is to discredit scientific theories. HB 368, in fact, significantly changes Tennessee’s science curriculum—it calls into question the veracity of the entire discipline. Arguments that students should learn about “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories” are unwarranted based on the overwhelming evidence that supports such theories,[2] and will only harm students’ education. This legislation, which perpetuates the teaching of non-science with a seemingly neutral approach, allows creationists to continue to make unfounded attacks against evolution."

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