Tomorrow is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. There has been a lot of interest in this important anniversary among the media, and some editors and reporters are using the occasion to re-examine the issue of teaching evolution in the public schools.
Today seems to be a pretty good end to a very historical week -- at least on the church-state separation front.
This morning, the Texas State Board of Education voted 8-7 to approve science standards that leave out well-known creationist code language that could weaken science education.
A final vote is scheduled for March, but according to a report from the Dallas News, the board will likely ratify today's vote.
Education officials in Louisiana yesterday had the opportunity to slam the door firmly on the teaching of creationism and "intelligent design" (ID) in public schools. Unfortunately, they did not take it.
The state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 10-0 to adopt new science guidelines that critics fear will muddy the waters and open the door to sectarian concepts in science class.
The folks at www.rottentomatoes.com are out with a list of the ten worst films of 2008. If you're not familiar with the site, it's essentially a clearinghouse for movie reviews. Rotten Tomatoes pulls together major reviews from newspapers and Internet sites and lets viewers know if the majority were positive or negative.
Scientists in Texas are speaking up, hopefully in time to protect the state's science education from the Religious Right.
The Texas Board of Education is currently considering a new science curriculum. Heading up the board is Don McLeroy (R-Bryan), a creationist who opposes an academic working group's suggestion to remove the current requirement that "strengths and weakness" of all scientific theories be taught in biology classes.
Members of the Brunswick County, N.C., School Board seem to be having problems telling the difference between science and theology.
All four members of the board are looking for a way to bring creationism into the classroom, reported the Wilmington Star-News. The issue arose after a parent, Joel Fanti, criticized the schools for teaching evolution.
In 1514, Copernicus hypothesized that the universe does not orbit around Earth. Over a century later, in 1633, Galileo Galilei was convicted by the Catholic Church of heresy for "following the position of Copernicus, which is contrary to the true sense and authority of the Holy Scripture."
In 1992, the Church officially admitted that Galileo was right.
Doesn't it seem ridiculous that it took over four centuries for science and religion to reach agreement?
Most Americans accept the theory of evolution and actually favor teaching evolution over creationism or intelligent design in public school science classes, according to a new study conducted by a coalition of scientific societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Teachers Associations and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
Is the Louisiana legislature about to make a tremendous mistake?
It sure looks like it. Despite frantic objections from public school teachers, the scientific community and advocates of church-state separation, the House education committee yesterday approved unanimously a Religious Right bill designed to undercut the teaching of evolution.