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  • How to not handle a young-earth creationist employee: Fired in wake of finding dino soft tissue

    07/31/2014 2:58:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Observation Deck ^ | 07/30/2014
    A young-Earth creationist microscope technician formerly at California State University-Northridge is suing his former employer for religious discrimination, wrongful termination, and the violation of free speech. Who's the plaintiff? Mark H. Armitage. Mr. Armitage is a microscopist; he's worked with microscope sales and services since at least 1984. When not involved in commercial microscopy, he is interested in scientific microscopy. He did undergraduate work without a degree in Biology at the University of Florida, he acquired a B.S. in Education at Liberty University, an M.S. in Biology (emphasis in parasitology) at the Institute for Creation Research, an Ed.S. in...
  • Evangelical University Embroiled in Controversy After Naming Adam and Eve as 'Historical Persons'

    05/08/2014 8:05:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/08/2014 | Katherine Webber
    Students and faculty are reportedly clashing with the administration at an evangelical college in Tennessee after it recently changed its statement of faith regarding the creation of man, and Adam and Eve. The Board of Trustees and President Stephen Livesay of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., have been receiving some criticism from students and faculty who argue the school's modified statement of faith is too narrow. The college has strong evangelical roots, as it is named after William Jennings Bryan, the politician who opposed the teaching of evolution in the famous 1925 Scopes Trial. Back in February, the school's Board...
  • Poll: 26 percent in U.S. do not know Earth goes around sun

    02/15/2014 12:37:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 79 replies
    UPI ^ | February 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Twenty-six percent of U.S. respondents do not realize Earth revolves around the sun, a survey by the National Science Foundation indicated. The NSF conducts the poll on some basic science facts every two years, The Atlantic reported. The foundation said there has been little change in the percentages of correct answers since 1992.
  • Radio Disney's pro-fracking elementary school tour sparks outrage

    01/09/2014 11:16:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | January 8, 2014 | Peter Moskowitz
    An educational program funded by Ohio’s oil and gas industry and sponsored by Radio Disney has environmental activists — and some parents — up in arms over what they say is a hijacking of public education by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) interests, in a state sitting on billions of dollars’ worth of gas-rich shale. The program, called Rocking in Ohio, went on a 26-stop tour of elementary schools and science centers across the state last month. It involves interactive demonstrations of how oil and gas pipelines work, and is led by three staffers from Radio Disney’s Cleveland branch. It is entirely...
  • Chemistry teacher sets students on fire in science experiment disaster

    01/02/2014 1:29:42 PM PST · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Natasha Velez, Lorena Mongelli and Laura Italiano
    A chemistry teacher at Manhattan’s award-winning Beacon High School set two 10th graders on fire Thursday morning — leaving one boy with serious burns — in a fiery experiment gone horribly awry. Teacher Anna Poole had hoped to treat her students to a “fun” demonstration during their first class back from the holiday break, students told The Post. But four flaming crucibles in the Upper West Side public school’s third floor chemistry lab instead exploded into a fireball that raged across a countertop and engulfed sophomore Alonzo Yanes, 16.
  • University Will Investigate Christian Professor’s Intelligent Design Class Following Atheist Furor

    05/21/2013 7:24:42 AM PDT · by kimtom · 15 replies
    www.theblaze.com ^ | May. 20, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Ball State University, a public institution in Muncie, Indiana, is purportedly looking into claims that a course centered around the subjects of creationism and intelligent design constitutes a violation of the separation of church and state. The college purportedly began its investigation after the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a church-state separatist group, sent a letter of complaint regarding physics and astronomy professor Eric Hedin. Hedin’s offense? He apparently encourages students to read books by scientists, journalists and proponents who embrace intelligent design. The description of his course, as reported by World on Campus, claims that students will “investigate physical...
  • Creationism “Creep” in Louisiana

    03/17/2013 12:11:01 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 140 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | March 17, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    Intelligent design is just another form of creationism, creationism is profoundly unscientific, and such unscientific views do not belong in public classrooms. This, in a nutshell, is the argument of activist Zack Kopplin, a student at Rice University who began his battle against a Louisiana academic freedom law (the Louisiana Science Education Act) while in high school. He is the 2012 winner of the “Troublemaker of the Year Award.” “Well, this law allows supplemental materials into our school biology classrooms to ‘critique controversial theories like evolution and climate change,’” said Kopplin in a March interview on the Bill Moyers show....
  • Kansas Science Bill Faces Defeat

    03/13/2013 4:16:43 PM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 8 replies
    Just Genesis ^ | March 10, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley
    The Kansas legislature had considered a House Bill 2306 calling for objectivity in science. The bill was introduced by the House Standing Committee on Education and is supported by medical doctors who also wish to see balance in science education. The bill states: The legislature recognizes that the teaching of certain scientific topics, such as climate science, may be controversial. The legislature encourages the teaching of such scientific controversies to be made in an objective manner in which both the strengths and weaknesses of such scientific theory or hypothesis are covered. The committee sponsoring the bill has been called "anti-science"...
  • How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists

    01/16/2013 4:41:13 PM PST · by EveningStar · 266 replies
    io9 ^ | January 15, 2013 | George Dvorsky
    For Zack Kopplin, it all started back in 2008 with the passing of the Louisiana Science Education Act. The bill made it considerably easier for teachers to introduce creationist textbooks into the classroom. Outraged, he wrote a research paper about it for a high school English class. Nearly five years later, the 19-year-old Kopplin has become one of the fiercest — and most feared — advocates for education reform in Louisiana. We recently spoke to him to learn more about how he's making a difference.
  • Tougher standards may worsen science-teacher shortage

    07/29/2012 2:05:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 219 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 28, 2012 | Leslie Postal
    Looking to boost the quality of science education, Florida has just made it tougher for aspiring teachers to pass required certification exams. But the move to ensure that would-be science teachers know their subjects well could worsen Florida's shortage of science teachers. That could leave middle and high schools scrambling even more to find instructors for biology, chemistry, Earth-space science, general science and physics classes. .... The State Board of Education this month bumped up the scores needed to pass the teacher-certification exams in those five science fields. As a result, the passing rates for first-time exam takers are expected...
  • College Has Been Oversold

    10/19/2011 5:32:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 113 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 19, 2011 | ALEX TABARROK
    Education is the key to the future: You've heard it a million times, and it's not wrong. Educated people have higher wages and lower unemployment rates, and better educated countries grow faster and innovate more than other countries. But going to college is not enough. You also have to study the right subjects. And American students are not studying the fields with the greatest economic potential. Over the past 25 years the total number of students in college has increased by about 50%. But the number of students graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (the so-called STEM...
  • Atheist Wants Creationism Teacher Fired

    03/22/2011 1:39:26 PM PDT · by wizard1358 · 81 replies · 1+ views
    A Chicago-area atheist is on a crusade to have a high school science teacher fired for teaching creationism in his classroom. “It has nothing to be dissatisfied,” atheist activist Rob Sherman told the Chicago Tribune. “I’m protecting conquered territory and assisting parents who want the teacher fired by articulating their concerns.”
  • Gallup Poll: 4 in 10 Americans still hold creationist views

    12/20/2010 7:19:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 418 replies · 23+ views
    Science on MSNBC ^ | 12/19/2010
    If you're in a room of 100 people, odds are likely about 40 think God created humans about 10,000 years ago, part of a philosophy called creationism, according to a Gallup poll reported Friday (Dec. 17). That number is slightly lower than in years past and down from a high of 47 percent in both 1993 and 1999. And 38 percent of Americans, the poll estimates, believe God guided the process that brought humans from "cavemen" to today's incarnation over millions of years, while 16 percent think humans evolved over millions of years, without any divine intervention. This secular view,...
  • VIRGINIA PRINCIPAL IS PLACED ON LEAVE FOR DISTRIBUTING FETUS DOLLS TO STUDENTS

    05/24/2010 3:58:41 AM PDT · by Soothesayer · 16 replies · 864+ views
    "Some people think that my life began at birth, but my life's journey began long before I was born."
  • Va. principal on leave over fetus dolls

    05/21/2010 3:25:31 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 15 replies · 669+ views
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com ^ | May 21, 2010 | Monica Norton
    The principal of Oakwood Elementary School was put on administrative leave Friday as school officials continued their investigation of plastic human fetus dolls given to students by an employee. It was not known if Principal Sheila Tillett Holas knew about the dolls or approved the distribution, The Virginia-Pilot reports. The employee who gave the students the dolls was put on administrative leave Thursday. Elementary students given fetus dolls 12:25 p.m. A Virginia school employee was place on administrative leave Thursday after reports that the worker distributed plastic human fetus dolls to students at an elementary school. The Virginian-Pilot reports that...
  • Incoming Baylor University President (Kenneth Starr) to honor Intelligent Design professor

    04/02/2010 1:39:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 702+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 04/02/2010 | GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News
    A change in leadership certainly makes a difference. Past recent administrations at Baylor University in Waco have maintained sensible policies protecting scientific integrity against those who would force their dogmatic religious beliefs on unsuspecting students paying top dollar for higher education. The previous administrations have resisted efforts by some professors in the so-called "Intelligent Design" movement who sought to distort the principles of modern science to include religious teachings tantamount to creationist fundamentalism. Dr. Bob Marks is one of these professors in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department who has caused friction with the administration for promoting his Intelligent Design...
  • South Duh-kota, hang your head in shame (HCR 1009: only teach kids about global warming 'theory')

    03/01/2010 5:42:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies · 839+ views
    Science Blogs ^ | 2/25/10 | PZ Myers
    South Duh-kota, hang your head in shamePosted on: February 25, 2010 3:57 PM, by PZ Myers The South Dakota senate has been wrestling over an important resolution, HCR 1009. Here's the original text. It will look rather familiar to anyone who has seen creationist bills roll through a legislature. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Eighty-fifth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that the South Dakota Legislature urges that instruction in the public schools relating to global warming include the following: (1) That global warming is a scientific theory...
  • ‘Fairness’ in Education (At a Berkeley high school, “equality” means fewer science teachers)

    02/10/2010 9:11:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 612+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/11/2010 | Thomas Sowell
    A recent flap in a Berkeley high school reveals what a farce “fairness” can be. Because this is ultra-liberal Berkeley, perhaps we should not be surprised that a proposal has been made to eliminate four jobs as science teachers and use the money saved for programs to help low achievers. In Berkeley, as in many other communities across the country, black and Latino students are not performing as well as Asian and white students. In fact, the racial gap in academic achievement at Berkeley High School is the highest in California — no doubt a special source of embarrassment in...
  • Berkeley High May Cut Out Science Labs (Benefits white students- "redesigned" to close gap)

    12/27/2009 10:55:23 AM PST · by civilwar2 · 57 replies · 2,315+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | 12-23-09 | Eric Klein
    The proposal to put the science-lab cuts on the table was approved recently by Berkeley High's School Governance Council, a body of teachers, parents, and students who oversee a plan to change the structure of the high school to address Berkeley's dismal racial achievement gap, where white students are doing far better than the state average while black and Latino students are doing worse.The full plan to close the racial achievement gap by altering the structure of the high school is known as the High School Redesign. It will come before the Berkeley School Board as an information item at...
  • Student seeks balance in teaching (kid resists "An Inconvenient Truth" indoctrination)

    12/27/2009 9:30:31 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies · 1,051+ views
    DailyFreeman (Hudson Valley, NY) ^ | December 25, 2009 | WILLIAM J. KEMBLE
    A Rhinebeck (NY)High School sophomore is urging the school district to require alternative views be presented by teachers on controversial topics like climate change. Michelle Dewkett said the global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” was being shown in science and English classes without equal weight being given to other positions on the topic. “As of now, the teaching of controversial topics is out of control,” Dewkett told members of the Board of Education on Tuesday. She also said the district is not following its own policy of providing students with a wide range of materials. Dewkett cited a class on...
  • Study: No Shortage of U.S. Engineers (USA is turning out plenty of science and engineering grads)

    10/31/2009 8:58:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies · 2,031+ views
    BusinessWeek ^ | 10/31/2009 | Moira Herbst
    America is turning out plenty of science and engineering grads, a university study concludes, but many of the best are taking jobs in finance and consulting. U.S. colleges and universities are graduating as many scientists and engineers as ever, according to a study released on Oct. 28 by a group of academics. But that finding comes with a big caveat: Many of the highest-performing students are choosing careers in other fields. The study by professors at Rutgers and Georgetown suggests that since the late 1990s, many of the top students have been lured to careers in finance and consulting. "Despite...
  • Is this legal?

    09/28/2009 3:00:59 PM PDT · by MNDude · 90 replies · 2,144+ views
    My teenage nephew just got back to school this month with science teacher who is nicknamed "Mr. Evolution" because of his zeal for his beliefs. Mr. E started class saying by saying "In this class, I intend to completely dismiss and disprove many religious myths". I think this is going a little too far. Your opinions?
  • [UK] Parents Baffled By Science Questions [What do they teach in schools these days?" CS Lewis]

    08/13/2009 5:12:05 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 12 replies · 500+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 8/13/9 | samzenpus
    Pickens writes "The BBC reports that four out of five parents living in the UK have been stumped by a science question posed by their children with the top three most-asked questions: 'Where do babies come from?', 'What makes a rainbow?' and 'Why is the sky blue?'. The survey was carried out to mark the launch of a new website by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills called Science: So what? So everything."
  • Top 10 Schools for Science

    08/09/2009 5:10:53 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 893+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | August 8th 2009 | Community Connections
    If you’re serious about pursuing an extended education in science, you may want to set your sights on one of the U.S. campuses that have been identified as having the best science graduate programs. In April, US News&World Report released the results of their 3-year study that ranked the best science schools in the nation. Rankings were based on the results of surveys sent to academics in computer science, mathematics, and physics during the fall of 2007, in biological sciences and chemistry during fall 2006, and in other fields during fall 2005. The individuals rated the quality of the program...
  • Will 'Better Science Education' Convince Americans They Came from Fish?

    08/06/2009 8:19:06 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 107 replies · 2,019+ views
    ICR ^ | Brian Thomas and Frank Sherwin
    Will 'Better Science Education' Convince Americans They Came from Fish? A recent poll revealed that many Americans believe public school students should be taught all sides of Darwin’s theory of evolution, its weaknesses as well as its strengths.[1] Evolutionists, in the face of this data, reason that if only the American public had more “education” on evolution, the poll numbers would reflect in their favor...
  • Biology 101: Dissecting Today's Textbooks (teach your kids how to spot Evo-religion in textbooks!)

    08/05/2009 11:15:25 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 319 replies · 3,354+ views
    Answers Magazine ^ | Roger Patterson
    Today’s top-selling biology textbooks present evolution as the only scientific view of the history of life. Often these textbooks use faulty or deceptive evidences to support evolutionary ideas. Fortunately, students can easily equip themselves with free materials that dissect textbooks and reveal the truth...
  • Professor, Cheerleaders Unite to Teach Science

    08/04/2009 5:02:37 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies · 671+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 8/4/2009 | Staff
    Just don't call him professor pom-pom. A physics professor who says he'll do "anything" to get people interested in science is teaming up with the Philadelphia 76ers cheerleaders to offer online lessons on magnetics, mass and matter — all through the magic of miniskirts. James Trefil's 20-year campaign for science literacy has led him to link up with some unlikely allies at ScienceCheerleader.com, where he and a scantily clad crew of dancing Darwins offer 18 video lessons on core ideas in science. Trefil, who's left behind his classroom for the summer to help on the Brain Makeover videos, said it...
  • Study shows how college major and religious faith affect each other

    07/31/2009 3:54:00 PM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies · 892+ views
    University of Michigan ^ | Jul 31, 2009 | Unknown
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—College students who major in the social sciences and humanities are likely to become less religious, while those majoring in education are likely to become more religious. But students majoring in biology and physical sciences remain just about as religious as they were when they started college. Those are among key findings of a University of Michigan study on the connection between college attendance, college major and religiosity released this week (July 27) by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, is based on long-term data from the Monitoring the Future...
  • Zogby Poll: Most Americans Want Strengths and Weaknesses of Darwinism Taught In Schools

    07/14/2009 10:19:19 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 62 replies · 1,684+ views
    CNS News ^ | July 13, 2009 | Christopher Neefus
    (CNSNews.com) - A Zogby poll commissioned by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute says more than three-quarters of Americans would like teachers to have the freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution, with an even higher number reported among Democrats...
  • Survey: More than half can't find heart on body diagram

    06/15/2009 9:14:11 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 27 replies · 11,347+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/15/2009 | Marti Trgovich
    If home is where the heart is, a new survey suggests that most people aren't sure exactly where they live. More than half of people cannot pinpoint the exact location of the human heart on a diagram, and nearly 70 percent can't correctly identify the shape of the lungs, according to the survey. This lack of knowledge isn't just embarrassing -- it could lead to a poorer quality of health care, some experts say. In the study, published in the journal BMC Family Practice, a research team surveyed 722 Britons -- 589 hospital outpatients and 133 people in the general...
  • ‘No Child Left Inside Act' Would Spend $500M Teaching 'Environmental Literacy'

    05/17/2009 4:24:04 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 8 replies · 394+ views
    CNS News.com ^ | Friday, May 15, 2009 | Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
    Surrounded by elementary students from the Green School in Baltimore and charming critters – including an armadillo, cheetah and an Asian Toddy Cat – Democrats declared that the introduction of the “No Child Left Inside Act of 2009” was “historic” legislation that would connect children with nature. Some critics, however, said it is a way to spread environmental propaganda in the public schools.
  • Intel Chairman Says US Education Lacking [Duh! They Voted For 0 In Spades]

    05/12/2009 8:58:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 451+ views
    AP Report ^ | May 12th 2009
    Intel chairman says US education lacking By SANDRA CHEREB Associated Press Writer May. 12, 2009 RENO, Nev. -- The outgoing chairman of the world's largest computer chip maker says the United States needs to rethink its approach to public education and raise the bar for academic achievement in mathematics and science if it hopes to be competitive in a 21st century world. "We haven't even chosen to compete in this area yet," Craig Barrett, retiring chairman of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel Corp., said Monday. "We're still operating as though we're the only game in town."
  • You Don’t Trust Creationists With Your Science Education Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Trust Their Lawyer

    Apparently, the briefs were written by the ICR’s own James J.S. Johnson, whom FindLaw describes as a “family lawyer.” Mr. Johnson is not listed in Martindale-Hubbell (which is where you should go to read peer reviews on anyone you’re thinking of hiring as a lawyer), but he does write some crazy, crazy stuff for ICR’s website. (ICR’s local counsel in Texas seems to be the firm of Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C., but they do not appear to be actively involved in the litigation so far.) I should add that “family law” generally means as “divorce law,” and in general,...
  • Academic freedom for creation explanation

    03/19/2009 10:26:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies · 871+ views
    The Pacer ^ | March 17,2009 | Reuben Kendall
    As a freshman, I haven't been at UT-Martin for very long. But some problems are so obvious that they don't take very long to notice. In my studies I quickly realized that when it comes to the theory of evolution, Darwin is the only one who gets to answer questions-or ask them. I want to question this theory-to test it; check its credentials. And I want honest, thoughtful answers to my questions, not pre-formulated quips and deflections. But I have learned that if I'm not an evolutionist, my questions don't get credited, or even heard. When I ask why theories...
  • American Adults Flunk Basic Science

    03/19/2009 6:27:05 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 103 replies · 2,054+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3/13/2009 | ScienceDaily
    ... # Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. # Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time. # Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent of the Earth's surface that is covered with water.* # Only 21% of adults answered all three questions correctly
  • Expelling Design from Biology

    03/07/2009 11:52:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 924+ views
    ARN ^ | February 24, 2009 | David Tyler
    Expelling Design from Biology Professor Walter Bock introduces his short essay by referring to the letter Darwin wrote to Asa Gray in 1860: "I am conscious that I am in an utterly hopeless muddle. I cannot think that the world, as we see it, is the result of chance; and yet I cannot look at each separate thing as the result of design". Ernst Mayr took up the challenge and he also found a tension between his understanding of evolutionary theory and the need to use terms like "design" and "purposefulness". Mayr concluded: "Given all this, the conclusion is inevitable:...
  • The Proper Role of Science

    01/29/2009 2:04:50 PM PST · by Sopater · 113 replies · 1,067+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 1/29/2009 | Chuck Colson
    Exposing ScientismIn his inaugural address, President Obama said he would “restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality.” By this, many suspect he means to spend taxpayer money on embryonic stem cell research, which destroys humans at the embryonic stage. Evidently, President Obama has been listening to those who want research funded, some because they are driven by greed but many others driven by a dangerous worldview called scientism. As Nancy Pearcey and I write in our book, How Now Shall We Live?, scientism has its roots in Darwinism. Tufts University professor Daniel...
  • Stemming the Tide - Let’s pay science and math teachers more.

    01/20/2009 7:55:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 155 replies · 3,492+ views
    City Journal ^ | 16 January 2009 | Marcus A. Winters
    The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, an international test of fourth- and eighth-grade student achievement, recently released its latest results. As in prior years, the mean U.S. scores were roughly on par with those in most developed nations in Europe, though well below those in Asia. But students in other developed nations far outpaced U.S. students in top-level science scores. For instance, only 10 percent of American eighth-graders performed at the highest level in science, placing the U.S. 11th among the tested nations and well behind countries such as England (17 percent), Japan (17 percent), and Singapore (an...
  • Push for science and evolution

    01/16/2009 7:13:39 AM PST · by Sopater · 225 replies · 1,020+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | January 16, 2009
  • The Latest Face of Creationism in the Classroom

    12/17/2008 2:00:19 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 14 replies · 1,038+ views
    Scientific American ^ | December 16, 2008 | Glenn Branch and Eugenie C. Scott
    Professors routinely give advice to students but usually while their charges are still in school. Arthur Landy, a distinguished professor of molecular and cell biology and biochemistry at Brown University, recently decided, however, that he had to remind a former premed student of his that “without evolution, modern biology, including medicine and biotechnology, wouldn’t make sense.” The sentiment was not original with Landy, of course. Thirty-six years ago geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky, a major contributor to the foundations of modern evolutionary theory, famously told the readers of The American Biology Teacher that “nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light...
  • One in three teachers says teach creationism alongside evolution (In the UK)

    11/16/2008 10:37:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 141 replies · 922+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 16,2008 | Martin Beckford
    One in three teachers believes schoolchildren should be taught that creationism is just as valid as evolution, according to a survey. The poll also disclosed that pupils in almost a third of schools already learn about the controversial divine explanation of the universe, with even science teachers thinking it has a place in classrooms. Almost all of those questioned by Teachers TV, a satellite television channel, agreed that children with strong religious beliefs would feel excluded from science lessons if their views were ignored. The findings support the views of the Rev Professor Michael Reiss, who lost his job as...
  • UCF Speakers Series Tackles Evolution Versus Creationism for Darwin's Anniversary

    10/24/2008 4:39:57 PM PDT · by Soliton · 15 replies · 502+ views
    USF Newsroom ^ | Oct. 24, 2008 | Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala
    Eugenie Scott, a national expert on the teaching of evolution, will speak at the University of Central Florida on Monday, Nov. 3. Scott, the executive director of the National Center for Science Education, will discuss “Florida’s Academic Freedom Bills: Creationism du jour?” at 7:30 pm in room 101 of the College of Sciences building. Her presentation is free and open to the public. Scott and the NCSE are among the biggest opponents of intelligent design being taught in science classrooms. She has written several books, including “Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools.” She also...
  • Woman changes name to a URL to protest dissections

    10/14/2008 3:17:31 PM PDT · by billorites · 13 replies · 471+ views
    WRAL.com ^ | October 10, 2008
    You can call her CutoutDissection.com, Cutout for short, but just don't call her Jennifer. The former Jennifer Thornburg - whose driver's license now reads Dissection.com, Cutout - wanted to do something to protest animal dissections in schools. The 19-year-old's new name is also the Web address for an anti-dissection page of the site for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, where she is interning. "I normally do have to repeat my name several times when I am introducing myself to someone new," she told The Asheville Citizen-Times. "Once they find out what my name is, they want to know...
  • Obama’s Climate Change Education Bill for Kindergartners:

    10/09/2008 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 13 replies · 729+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 9, 2008 | Marinka Peschmann
    While the highly charged debate on climate change and global warming ensues, Obama wants kindergarten children to be taught climate change science in the classroom. On May 14, 2007, Obama introduced in the Senate, a bill called, the “Climate Change Education Act,” which authorizes “the National Science Foundation to establish a Climate Change Education Program.”
  • Palin Has Not Pushed Creation Science As Governor

    09/05/2008 1:42:15 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 52 replies · 137+ views
    AP ^ | 9-5-08 | DAN JOLING
    As a candidate for governor, Sarah Palin called for teaching creationism alongside evolution in public schools. But after Alaska voters elected her, Palin, now Republican John McCain's presidential running mate, kept her campaign pledge to not push the idea in the schools. As for her personal views on evolution, Palin has said, "I believe we have a creator." But she has not made clear whether her belief also allowed her to accept the theory of evolution as fact. "I'm not going to pretend I know how all this came to be," she has been quoted as saying. McCain said during...
  • A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash (time to fight force, with force!)

    08/24/2008 2:16:12 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 445 replies · 1,574+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2008 | AMY HARMON
    ...In February, the Florida Department of Education modified its standards to explicitly require, for the first time, the state’s public schools to teach evolution, calling it “the organizing principle of life science.” Spurred in part by legal rulings against school districts seeking to favor religious versions of natural history, over a dozen other states have also given more emphasis in recent years to what has long been the scientific consensus: that all of the diverse life forms on Earth descended from a common ancestor, through a process of mutation and natural selection, over billions of years. But in a nation...
  • State science standards in election spotlight (ID/Creation Kansans need to vote!)

    08/18/2008 9:35:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 1,152 replies · 1,947+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | August 1, 2008 | LORI YOUNT
    With five seats on the State Board of Education up for grabs this year, education advocates say how children learn about evolution hangs in the balance -- and who voters choose could affect Kansas' national reputation. A frequent flip-flop between moderate and conservative majorities on the 10-member board has resulted in the state changing its science standards four times in the past eight years. Conservatives have pushed for standards casting doubt on evolution, and moderates have said intelligent design does not belong in the science classroom. In 2007, a new 6-4 moderate majority removed standards that called evolution into question....
  • China Becomes A Physics Powerhouse

    08/04/2008 7:12:09 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 19 replies · 352+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 4, 2008 | ScienceDaily
    Judged by the astonishing increase in journal papers written by scientists in China, there can be little doubt that China is finding its place as one of the world's scientific power houses. Michael Banks, Physics World's News Editor, quantifies this surge in scientific output from China and asks whether quality matches quantity in August's Physics World. Nanoscience, quantum computing and high-temperature superconductivity are three of the cutting-edge areas of physics that have seen particularly large increases. Published journal articles in nanoscience, for example, with at least one co-author based in China, have seen a 10-fold increase since the beginning of...
  • Richard Dawkins: Muslim parents 'import creationism' into schools

    08/03/2008 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Soliton · 49 replies · 162+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 03 Aug 2008 | Duncan Gardham
    "Most devout Muslims are creationists so when you go to schools, there are a large number of children of Islamic parents who trot out what they have been taught," Prof Dawkins said in a Sunday newspaper interview. "Teachers are bending over backwards to respect home prejudices that children have been brought up with. The Government could do more, but it doesn't want to because it is fanatical about multiculturalism and the need to respect the different traditions from which these children come." Prof Dawkins, professor for the public understanding of science at Oxford University, is author of books including the...
  • Ignorance tries to sneak into schools

    08/02/2008 12:37:25 PM PDT · by Soliton · 28 replies · 283+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | Saturday, August 2, 2008 | AL HAMBURG
    H.L. Mencken said during the Scopes Trial in 1925 that "those religious groups leading the war against the teaching of evolution are conspiracies of the inferior man against his betters." The proponents of teaching the God-creation theology in public schools have not given up despite the U.S. Supreme Court rulings like the 1987 case where Louisiana tried to use code words for teaching creationism, calling it the Balanced Treatment Act. Other code words for sneaking God into science class are "intelligent design" and "academic freedom." And these anti-evolutionists lobby state legislatures and put political pressure on school boards to subvert...