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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2015/08/07

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Iowa becomes the fifteenth state to adopt the Next Generation Science
Standards. And a glimpse of Richard C. Francis's Domesticated.


The Iowa Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Next
Generation Science Standards at its August 6, 2015, meeting. Iowa thus
becomes the fifteenth state to adopt the NGSS, joining Arkansas (so
far only for middle school), California, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky,
Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont,
Washington, and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

Earlier in 2015, a bill in the Iowa House of Representatives would
have prevented Iowa from adopting the NGSS. As NCSE previously
reported, the sponsor of House File 272 objected to the fact that the
standards were not written in Iowa, but was also concerned that the
standards "present evolution as scientific fact and shine a human
light on human impacts on climate change." The bill died in committee
on March 6, 2015.

During public review of the standards, a small number of comments
"negatively referenced biological evolution as a science standard" and
urged the elimination of disciplinary core ideas about climate change,
according to the science standards review team. A petition signed by
307 people urging the retention of the climate science material was
also received. No changes to the standards were made in response to
these comments.

For the science standards review team's report (PDF), visit: 

And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in Iowa, visit; 


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Richard C. Francis's
Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World (W. W. Norton, 2015). The
preview consists of chapter 3, "Cats," in which Francis concludes,
"The vast majority of cats have escaped artificial selection. They are

The reviewer for Publishers Weekly writes, "Offering an effective
primer on molecular genetics and the field of evolutionary
development, [Francis] also demonstrates how conservative evolution
can be, even while documenting some of the amazing changes species
have undergone in relatively short periods of time due to strong
selection imposed by humans."

For the preview of Domesticated (PDF), visit: 

For information about the book from its publisher, visit: 


Have you been visiting NCSE's blog, The Science League of America,
recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Stephanie Keep assessing the significance of Tetrapodophis amplectus: 

* Glenn Branch returning to fact, theory, and path: 

* Josh Rosenau relating how science students helped to end segregated
blood banks: 

And much more besides!

For The Science League of America, 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.
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