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ERIC Number: EJ792061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1049-5851
Teaching Evolution
Bryner, Jeanna
Instructor, v115 n2 p37-39 Sep 2005
Eighty years after the famous 1925 Scopes "monkey trial," which tested a teacher's right to discuss the theory of evolution in the classroom, evolution--and its most recent counterview, called "intelligent design"--are in the headlines again, and just about everyone seems to have an opinion. This past July, President Bush weighed in, telling reporters in Texas that intelligent design belongs in the public school curriculum, alongside evolution. He said both ought to be taught so people can understand what the debate's about. The National Congress of Science Education (NCSE), a group of leaders from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), quickly issued a response expressing its disappointment with the President's statement: "Teachers of science should be supported in the teaching of evolution and the strong body of scientific evidence supporting it, and not pressured to present nonscientific views." In this article, the author discusses what is fueling this fiery debate and how it could affect the classroom by unpacking the facts, decoding the jargon, and talking to real teachers about their take on evolution in schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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