April 11, 2012 |
Tennessee enacted a law Tuesday that critics contend allows public school teachers to challenge climate change and evolution in their classrooms without fear of sanction. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam allowed the controversial measure to become law without his signature and, in a statement, expressed misgivings about it. Nevertheless, he ignored pleas from educators, parents and civil libertarians to veto the bill. The law does not require the teaching of alternatives to scientific theories of evolution, climate change and "the chemical origins of life.
September 24, 2012 |
"Bill Nye vs. Creationism": It might sound like a bad 1980s comedy, but this is real life, with the bow-tied science TV star taking a whack on YouTube at Christian parents who might try to steer their kids away from evolution. “When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, really,” Nye says in a BigThink YouTube video that's gotten more than 4.6 million hits. “Evolution is the fundamental in all of life science, in all of biology," he says in the video.
April 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Tennessee is poised to adopt a law that would allow public schoolteachers to challenge climate change and evolution in their classrooms without fear of sanction, according to educators and civil libertarians in the state. Passed by the state Legislature and awaiting Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's signature, the measure is likely to stoke growing concerns among science teachers around the country that teaching climate science is becoming the same kind of classroom and community flash point as evolution.
October 10, 2013 |
Returning to the country her family fled years earlier because of persecution by the Khmer Rouge, Kalyanee Mam has crafted a deeply felt portrait of Cambodia. Her documentary "A River Changes Course" is a profile of three families in different parts of the Southeast Asian nation - a remote northern jungle, a floating hamlet on the Tonle Sap River and a village outside Phnomh Penh - that captures the country at a crucial juncture on the industrialization spectrum. However emblematic their struggles are, the people Mam follows over several years are vivid individuals, whether they're facing a poor rice harvest, dwindling fish supplies or deforestation in the name of progress.
May 25, 2005 |
Workers in Cobb County have begun removing controversial evolution disclaimer stickers from science textbooks to comply with a judge's order. The school district had put 34,452 stickers on textbooks. The disclaimers said evolution was a theory and not a fact. Six parents sued, saying the disclaimers violated the principle of separation of church and state. A federal judge agreed and ordered the stickers removed. An appeal is pending.
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May 7, 2004 |
School board members have rejected a plan to require high school biology teachers to give students arguments against evolution when they teach evidence in its favor. When Kelly Lafferty, a trustee on the Roseville Joint Union High School District Board, moved for approval Tuesday, none of the other trustees seconded the motion. The board now plans to consider a proposal to require teachers to present arguments against evolution, but would let them pick the anti-evolution materials they use.
August 10, 2005 |
The State Board of Education voted 6 to 4 in Topeka to include greater criticism of evolution in its school science standards, but decided to send the standards to an outside academic for review before taking a final vote. The Kansas school system was ridiculed around the country in 1999 when the board deleted most references to evolution. The system later reversed course, but the language now favored by the board comes from advocates of intelligent design.
October 9, 1999 |
The New Mexico board of education voted in Santa Fe to head off biblical creationism teachings by changing the language of state guidelines to make clear that only evolution belongs in science classes. The board voted, 10 to 1, to take the action, which sponsoring member Marshall Berman said was needed after a Kansas school board decision in August that opened the door for creationism by removing evolution as a key concept in the state's required science curriculum.
October 1, 1991
I see where Dianne Klein is once again treating us to the John Peloza vs. evolution story ("Teaching Kids--Religiously," Sept. 3). Klein appears to have mellowed slightly from her previous article of May 19, where she rather viciously attacked teacher Peloza with sarcasm and ridicule. However, it appears that there's still some misunderstanding concerning Peloza's views on evolution. Klein says, "Peloza's view (is) that fossil remains prove that species do not change." Peloza agrees that over a period of time there are changes within a species--commonly referred to as microevolution.
July 3, 2004 |
A tiny pre-human who lived more than 900,000 years ago in what is now Kenya may have been a "short experiment" in evolution, scientists reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature. The little adult skull was found at a site where the much larger Homo erectus lived, said Richard Potts of the Smithsonian Institution. Potts thinks the find shows that early humans lived in groups that came together and swapped genes every few thousand years or so before some became extinct.