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Around The World: Turkey Pulls Evolution From Curriculum

Turkey’s secular education communities have expressed concern about the state of science education in their country after the concept of evolution was removed from its high school curriculum nationwide. 

“The last crumbs of secular scientific education have been removed,” Feray Aytekin Aydogan, the head of Egitim-Sen, a union of secular-minded teachers, told The New York Times in June. 

Celebrating 30 Years Of Sound Science In Public Schools

This Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Edwards v. Aguillard, a milestone U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming the separation of church and state in public schools. As we mark the anniversary, it’s a good time to examine the history of the efforts to undermine instruction about evolution in public schools – and understand that the threat remains with us. 

‘Scopes Monkey Trial’ Attorney Clarence Darrow Continues To Face Opposition In Dayton, Tenn.

One Tennessee woman has all but thrown down a gauntlet and demanded a duel in opposition to a proposed statue of Clarence Darrow, the attorney who defended teacher John T. Scopes when he taught evolution in a Dayton public school.

Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis is creating the statue, which is scheduled to be dedicated in July at the Rhea County Courthouse – the site of the infamous “Scopes Monkey Trial.”

AU Backs The March For Science In Support Of Sound Science In Schools And Government

Saturday is the March for Science in Washington, D.C., and Americans United is proud to be an official partner.

We encourage our members, supporters and activists to take part in the March for Science this Saturday, or to join one of the satellite marches around the country. You can download and print an AU sign in support of sound science here.

Science Education May Be Devolving In South Dakota

If some South Dakota legislators have their way, the state’s public school students soon may be learning the “alternative facts” version of science: Senate Bill 55 could open the door to creationism being taught in classrooms.

Republican Sen. Jeff Monroe sponsored the bill to “protect the teaching of certain scientific information,” which allows teachers to introduce “in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information.”

Will Trump’s Presidency Empower Creationists?

There has been a lot of speculation about how President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, might affect the issue of private school vouchers.

DeVos is known primarily for her advocacy of vouchers, and Trump has backed a nationwide plan with a staggering price tag of $20 billion. Many people are rightly alarmed.

But there’s another education-related issue we ought to be concerned about as well: creationism.

Creationism Booted From Ohio Public Schools

Some good news out of Ohio: One of its public school districts recently announced that creationism and other region-based ideas will not be taught in science classes.

Starting now, by order of Youngstown Schools Chief Executive Officer Crish Mohip, science curricula in Youngstown must follow the 344-page science standards developed by the Ohio Department of Education. Those standards do not include any religious dogma.

Court Rejects Challenge To Kan. Science Standards

A Kansas-based creationist group has lost its latest challenge to science curriculum standards that teach evolution as fact.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in April that Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) had not adequately proved its members were harmed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  A district court judge dismissed COPE’s original complaint in 2014.

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