The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news. The America COMPETES Act is up for reauthorization. This bill was enacted in 2007 and reauthorized in 2010 to guide investments in research and development to promote innovation to keep the U.S. as a leader in the competitive world market. The U.S….
The teaching of evolution and creationism in the classroom has generated ongoing debate for years. The newest controversy comes from Texas where the State Board of Education is considering whether to approve high school science textbooks for use in the next school year through 2022. The approval of these textbooks could have implications across the U.S. since Texas is one of the few states that has publishers that distribute textbooks nationwide. Thus, these textbooks could land in classrooms in numerous…
Several states have recently introduced legislation pertaining to the teaching of evolution in high school classrooms. In the past month, state legislatures in both Florida and Tennessee have introduced bills that would force teachers to adopt a “critical thinking” approach to the teaching of evolution. Analysis of the proposed bills finds that they do little to provide the nation’s students with a robust scientific education, but rather open the door for the teaching of theology-based concepts of creationism and intelligent…
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education has been the focus of a series of reports released by different governmental agencies within the past few weeks.
The National Academies’ Board on Science Education began soliciting feedback from the public Wednesday on its draft of a new framework for K-12 science-education standards.
On March 22, a new play celebrating Charles Darwin’s impact debuted at the Bethesda Theatre in Maryland. Performed by the Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story was commissioned by the National Institutes of Health as part of Evolution Revolution, a celebration of Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.
Science Insider is reporting that Italy’s foremost science agency funded the publication of a creationist book authored by its own vice president. Entitled “Evolutionism: the decline of an hypothesis,” the book was funded by the Italian National Research Council and authored by Roberto de Mattei, a professor of the history of Christianity and Catholicism at the European University of Rome and a vice president of the council. The book is based on the proceedings of a conference on the same…
CNN reports that actor Kirk Cameron has teamed up with Living Waters to promote a version of Darwin’s Origin of the Species with a creationist introduction. In critiquing evolution, the introduction makes personal attacks on Darwin, claiming that he was a sexist, a racist and is undeniably linked to Adolph Hitler. Ken Miller, professor at Brown University and staunch defender of the teaching of evolution, defends the original version. Watch CNN’s coverage here.
The American Institute of Biological Sciences is reporting that creationism may be on the rise across the globe. One study indicates that a greater percentage of Britons than Americans would like intelligent design and creationism taught alongside evolution in public schools. Belief in creationism may also be growing in the Muslim world as part of a larger rejection of western values.
On Friday, Nov. 6, evolution advocates detailed the latest efforts by opponents to allow for the teaching of religious-based criticisms of evolution in public schools. In a somber series of remarks, experts on the American creationism movement described its recent successes and its effects on America’s ability to compete globally.
Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, described laws that allow the teaching of challenges to evolution as “coming soon to a community near you.”