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ERIC Number: EJ786323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Monkey Business
O'Sullivan, Connie; O'Sullivan, Michael
School Library Journal, v51 n11 p42-45 Nov 2005
Intelligent design lacks scientific validity and has been repudiated by every leading scientific organization, including the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, both of which assert that design theory lacks any scientific merit and cannot be supported by scientific research. Teaching it would be tantamount to teaching about the existence of Santa Claus. As religious conservatives continue to gain a stronger voice in the political climate, librarians must be on guard: supporters of this 21st-century version of creationism are making advances. Just this year alone, 18 states have either introduced or are considering anti-evolution bills in their legislature, according to the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), an organization that defends the teaching of evolution in public schools. Like it or not, librarians are going to be caught in the middle of this battle between science and religion, and they must prepare to defend their collections from the influence of pro-creationist groups. This article offers some tips on what should libraries do if they are caught in such predicament: (1) Understand the controversy; (2) Know your opposition; (3) Contact the NCSE; (4) Plan your strategy; (5) Update your district's gift and selection policy; (6) Explain your policies before accepting gifts; (7) Respond to all charges of censorship; (8) Organize wide-ranging support; and (9) Confront assaults on quality instruction and library resources.
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Language: English
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