nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Geology under attack in Arkansas schools

Parents have been able to apply enough pressure that teachers are just referring to rocks as very old, without mentioning that embarrassing millions of years thing.

And evolution has been taken out of an Arkansas children's museum.

Randy runs professional development science education workshops for public school teachers. He’s been doing it for a while now, and he has been taking information on the teachers in his workshops via a survey. He shared some data with me.

According to his survey, about 20 percent are trying to teach evolution and think they are doing a good job; 10 percent are teaching creationism, even though during the workshop he discusses the legally shaky ground on which they stand. Another 20 percent attempt to teach something but feel they just do not understand evolution. The remaining 50 percent avoid it because of community pressure. On an e-mail to members of a list he keeps of people interested in evolution, Randy reported that the latter 50 percent do not cover evolution because they felt intimidated, saw no need to teach it, or might lose their jobs.

Link found at nikkinewsnet

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