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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/12/09

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Ann Reid discusses the implications for science education of a Trump
administration with Scientific American. And a Facebook milestone for


NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was featured in Scientific
American's report "Trump's First 100 Days: Science Education and
Schools" (December 5, 2016).

After noting the existence of evolution and climate change denial
among members of the incoming administration, the report observed,
"Science education advocates warn [that] the legitimization of such
nonscientific views at the highest levels of government could trickle
down to local policies. Education boards in several states, such as
Louisiana and Texas, have already been battling over how evolution and
climate change should be taught, as have state legislatures
considering bills that would allow teachers to treat these subjects as
controversial. Nearly all of this legislation has emerged in states
that were won by Trump. 'We see 10 to 12 of the bills every year, and
their intent is clearly to give teachers cover to teach nonscience in
science classrooms,' says Ann Reid, executive director of the National
Center for Science Education (NCSE). 'None have passed recently, but
there's a danger that the people introducing these bills and school
boards trying to change standards will be emboldened.' According to
Reid, NCSE surveys suggest that many teachers avoid teaching evolution
and climate change, concerned that parents will complain. She predicts
community pressure around these issues will only increase."

Areas outside curriculum and instruction in which the Trump
administration might also affect science education were also discussed
in the report.

For the story in Scientific American, visit: 

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Glenn Branch
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