Category Archives: science education

Americans’ knowledge of science is in the dumper

Several websites have already posted about this, so I’ll be brief.  The Associated Press, in collaboration with GfK, conducted a poll on the state of American science knowledge, and the results were truly dispiriting. You can get the pdf of the results here. 1,012 adults were interviewed about their degree of confidence in what scientists regard as […]

A win for evolution at CuriOdyssey!

Yesterday morning I posted a picture (below) and an email I sent to officials at CuriOdyssey, a science education center for children in San Mateo, California. I objected to the caveat about evolution at the bottom of their sign, and requested that they reconsider it. Upon arriving in California yesterday afternoon, I found a gracious answer from one of the officials of CuriOdyssey, agreeing […]

Trigger warning for EVOLUTION at children’s science center

This is absolutely unbelievable. On second thought, it is believable, for it’s in the U.S. Check out the caveat emptor at the bottom of the poster shown below. When I got this picture from a tw**t by Adam Rogers via Emily Ladawalla and then Matthew Cobb, I wasn’t sure where it was from, but figured it had […]

Fossil mammoth bill passes South Carolina legislature, with creationist rider!

On March 30 I wrote a bit about the kerfuffle in the South Carolina legislature, which was squabbling over whether to make the Wooly Mammoth (called the “Columbian Mammoth”) the state fossil.  This was a suggestion of an eight-year-old girl, Olivia McConnell, who had written to her legislators suggesting the new symbol.  But two Republicans held […]

My podcast on the Bryan Callen Show

Episode 113 of the Bryan Callen Show is a podcast I did about two weeks ago. It’s about an hour long, and you can hear it here. I can’t bear to listen to such things, but the conversation devolved into sundry matters. As I recall, I got into a small but interesting kerfuffle with Callen’s co-host, […]

Yet more government support for creationism

by Greg Mayer In a must-read special report at Politico, Stephanie Simon examines the growth of government-funded instruction in creationism via the voucher school movement. Voucher schools are private schools for which the government pays full or partial tuition. Most of them are religious (70 %, fide Politico), are not held to educational standards, and have little […]

Two Republican creationists block South Carolina’s adoption of the Wooly Mammoth as the state fossil

Nothing surprises me any more when it involves Republicans and evolution (or science, or abortion, or immigration, or health care—the list is a long one). Yet this story, bizarre as it is, shows how truly benighted the members of that party are when it comes to science—and pandering to creationists. From Americans Against the Tea Party comes […]

Ball State president to meet with creationist Indiana legislators

The backstory, which you’ll know if you’ve been reading here, is this: President Jo Ann Gora of Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, Indiana convened an investigatory panel after the Freedom From Religion Foundation informed her that one of the science classes in the Physics and Astronomy Department was teaching ID creationism and plumping for Jesus. […]

Expected creationist pushback over “Cosmos”

I’m sorry to say that I still haven’t seen “Cosmos,” as I’m up to my eyeballs in writing and reading for that writing, even in the evenings. All reports are that the first two episodes (the third, I guess, is tonight) were good, with a few quibbles from scientists about inaccuracies. The evolution show got […]

California school exit exam prohibits questions on evolution, age of earth, and so on

UPDATE: In light of several readers who noted that this test is solely about writing (there’s one on math, too), I may have been too strong in decrying the omission of evolution and items about dinosaurs and the age of the earth. I have thus added a comment, below, reflecting this. Nevertheless, I still think […]

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