Defending Science Education Against Fundamentalist Attacks
by James E. Darnell - September 13, 2005
With a chronic shortage of funds, too few well-trained teachers, and in many cases inadequate physical plants, the public schools in America hardly need yet another serious problem. However another serious problem has arisen. A resurgent challenge to the teaching of science has been mounted by evangelical Christians. Teachers are being intimidated from teaching biological evolution by individuals and organized groups. In a survey by the National Science Teachers Association over 30 % of public school teachers reported being pressured to alter teaching of evolution. Well-funded and politically well-organized outfits like The Discovery Institute and its subsidiary, The Center for Science and Culture, in Seattle push demands to include “intelligent design” or ID in public school science classrooms on local school boards, state legislatures, and even in one instance the U. S. Senate.
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