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Teaching About Scientific Origins: Taking Account of Creationism


reviewed by Mark A. Wilson - February 11, 2008

coverTitle: Teaching About Scientific Origins: Taking Account of Creationism
Author(s): Leslie S. Jones and Michael J. Reiss (Eds.)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820470805, Pages: 232, Year: 2007
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After more than 25 years of teaching evolution and engaging in endless debates with professional creationists, I am deeply disappointed to see that we are right where we started. In the early 1980s just less than half of the American public said they believed that the world is less than 10,000 years old and that evolution as scientists imagine it never happened. Polls give the same results today. This is after years of innovative scientific curricula, the development of scientific institutes to promote evolution, popular scientific television programming with evolutionary themes, and hundreds of scientists involving themselves in the public conversations. Clearly this issue is not simply one of education, of ignorance versus knowledge. There are deeper causes behind the recalcitrant anti-evolutionism of so many Americans. This volume is an attempt to approach the evolution wars from diverse perspectives, only a few of them fully scientific. There are 13 essays here... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 11, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14989, Date Accessed: 12/13/2019 4:04:26 PM

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  • Mark Wilson
    The College of Wooster
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    MARK A. WILSON is the Lewis M. and Marian Senter Nixon Professor of Natural Sciences and Geology at The College of Wooster, where he has taught since 1981. He has a PhD in paleontology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has published many technical and popular articles on geology, paleontology and evolution. He is currently investigating the evolution of marine invertebrate communities, and he is active in the public debates between evolution and creation.
 
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