Category Archives: science education

Ontario school officials respond—or rather, fail to respond—to queries about why they don’t require teaching human evolution

A short while ago I reported, based on a post  on DarwinQuixote site, that while the province of Ontario requires teaching of evolution in secondary-school biology classes, there’s no requirement for teaching human evolution. A colleague of the DarwinQuixote author wrote to Ontario’s Ministry of Education asking about this omission, and got the following reply: “Ensuring that curriculum […]

Oklahoma homeschool “science fair,” associated with state university, perverts science by making it support God

From yesterday’s issue of lostogle.com, a site for news from Oklahoma, we hear that the University of Oklahoma, a public institution, has apparently gotten itself entangled with a homeschool “science fair” that prioritizes faith over fact—in fact, it contaminates the science with God. The site reports this: Yesterday afternoon, an Ogle Mole alerted me to a […]

Ontario schools require teaching evolution—except human evolution

A Canadian reader sent me an item from his/her website, Darwinquixote. The post is called “Be careful, evolution is behind you.” The topic is the teaching of evolution in Ontario: apparently provincial standards mandate that while evolution be taught in public secondary schools, they don’t require the teaching of human evolution. Human exceptionalism when it […]

An erstwhile creationist becomes a biologist, due in part to us!

Over the past five years, one of our readers—Dan Metz—has been undergoing an odyssey. This involved leaving a strict religious background, abandoning belief in creationism and accepting evolution, and then, ultimately, becoming a biologist. It’s a heartening story, one that shows how even a “strident” atheistic site run by a biologist can, despite the godlessness, turn people towards science. […]

More nuttery from Alabama: Governor signs “student religious liberties act”

Just four days ago I wrote about how a Republican state legislator in Alabama introduced a “critical thinking” bill designed to sneak creationism into the classroom. These bills, which I’ve heard come straight from the Discovery Institute, are the last-gasp effort of creationists to get their failed “science” taught in schools after it’s been repeatedly thrown out […]

More creationist legislation from Dixie

It’s in Alabama (of course), and in a bill introduced by a Republican (of course). To quote Pete Seeger, “When will they ever learn?” Well, the tactic of passing bills urging “critical examination of science”, a euphemism for “being able to give creationist alternatives to evolution,” has worked, at least in Louisiana and Tennessee, which […]

Are you scientifically literate?

I hope so.  But I’m not as good as I hoped.  Diane G. called my attention to a scientific literacy test at, of all places, the Christian Science Monitor (no questions about disease are asked, of course!). I could beef that there are too many physics and chemistry questions, but that’s because I scored a lousy […]

Bill Nye explains evolution (badly) using emoji

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Bill Nye. He debates Ken Ham, he goes after GMO foods (apparently he will retract that opinion soon), and I dislike what I see as his grasping ambition to retain the fame he had as “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” I’ve also said that I never […]

Teaching evolution in Kentucky—with accommodationism

When I first gave a talk at the University of Kentucky in 2010 (could it really have been five years ago?), I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Krupa, a biologist and natural historian with wide interests, and with a reputation as an excellent teacher (see here for my visit to his lab). Krupa has now written […]

Neil Shubin wins “Friend of Darwin” award

I’m pleased to announce that my colleague Neil Shubin, paleobiologist, developmental biologist, and of course a co-discoverer of the “fishapod” Tiktaalik, has won the National Center for Science Education’s “Friend of Darwin” award. There’s an announcement on PuffHo by NCSE director Ann Reid, recounting some of Shubin’s achievements.

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