Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Washington Post on Evolution Teaching in the Science Classroom 2011-01-29

Wow.  Just Wow. Valerie Strauss writes in "Study: Most High School Biology Teachers Don’t Endorse Evolution"(2011-01-29):

"in the same week we learned that most American students did not do well in science on a test known as 'the nation’s report card' [...wherein] 34 percent of 4th graders and 30 percent of 8th graders were deemed proficient or better in science [so MOST were NOT proficient!...] a study about biology teachers in public high schools was published [...stating that] most high school biology teachers are reluctant to endorse [...] the central theory of biology [...] evolution [...] here’s the position of the National Science Teachers Association on evolution: 
'the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) strongly supports the position that evolution is a major unifying concept in science and should be included in the K–12 science education frameworks and curricula. Furthermore, if evolution is not taught, students will not achieve the level of scientific literacy they need. This position is consistent with that of the National Academies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and many other scientific and educational organizations. NSTA also recognizes that evolution has not been emphasized in science curricula in a manner commensurate to its importance because of official policies, intimidation of science teachers, the general public's misunderstanding of evolutionary theory, and a century of controversy. In addition, teachers are being pressured to introduce creationism, 'creation science,' and other nonscientific views, which are intended to weaken or eliminate the teaching of evolution.'"

Note: we need our country to be great.  Not mired in crap.
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